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The Book of Were-Wolves: Being an Account - Baring-Gould Sabine - 1865. [3229791]
London: Smith, Elder and Co, 1865. Hardcover. Very Good. Hardcover. Scarce. First Edition. Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924) was a prolific writer, priest, and an eclectic scholar. He considered collecting folk songs and lore to be among his greatest achievements. His studies of folklore led him to delve into the study of werewolves and why superstitions about lycanthropy persisted over the ages in so many cultures. In addition to providing a history of the subject in this book. he also recounts in detail the story of the Maréchal de Retz, who was executed in 1440 for the serial murders of children but was also suspected of being a werewolf. This work is one of the most frequently cited studies on the subject. Bound in the original red publisher's cloth with ornate gilt title to spine and gilt ornament with figure of a wolf on the front cover. This book has been rebacked with the original cloth spine laid down. The spine is faded with minor chipping along top and bottom edges. Minor rubbing to gilt on cover. There is chipping to the cloth on the corners of the boards, and some soiling, but still quite nice. The interior pages are clean and bright overall with light foxing to the first and last few pages, and occasional light smudge marks and spots throughout. Some ragged fore-edges. With a striking frontispiece engraving of a werewolf attacking a man. Very good condition. 266 pages plus 2 pages of advertisements. OCC/041717.
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