First thus, Illustrated Edition, undated (1882) published by George Routledge and Sons, London


Description: Vg+ Octavo, 492pp, large, heavy volume. Publisher's original russet brown cloth, with black stamped designs of a witch and black cat with ornate borders and ornate, gilt tooled titles, ditto to the spine, with witch and broom motifs, gilt stamped titles.  Very light wear to the corners and light pushing to the spine tips. The boards are very deep in colour, the black and gilt stamping is bold and fresh, this is also the case with the spine which is unfaded, the titles are shiny and bright. 

The pages are very tightly bound and flush, the book appears to have been barely handled. The original brown endpapers advertise Routledge's Octavo Novels, there is an armorial bookplate to the fpd of Harry Smith Edwards (1831-1898) Ship builder and maker. John Gilbert's iconic engravings are incredibly atmospheric, and are done justice in this larger format. 


*An incresaingly uncmoon and desireable edition, particluarly in this condition. 

The Lancashire Witches by William Harrison Ainsworth