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THE INGOLDSBY LEGENDS Or Mirth and Marvels. By Thomas Ingoldsby, Esq. Edited by his daughter Mrs Edward A. Bond. Eighty-eighth edition. In three volumes.
Richard Bentley and Son., London 1894 - 8vo. 5.75 x 8.75 inches. Vol.I. xliv. + 283 pp. + [1]; Vol.II. viii + 280 pp; Vol.III. x + 336 pp. Half titles. Title pages in red and black. Bound in original calf with gilt borders; spine in compartments with raised bands decorated gilt, with contrasting maroon and green title labels, gilt. Inner dentelles. Top edges gilt, others deckled. Slight wear to extremities but otherwise a very fine copy. Armorial bookplate of Alexander Fraser, with manuscript inscription gifting the book to his grandson, Lovat Fraser, 1900, and later bookplate of the latter. Illustrated by 28 plates including frontispiece and portrait, three engraved titles in red and black, one folding in sepia, one facsimile and by numerous engravings in text. Illustrations by Leech, Cruikshank, Tenniel, etc. Decorated with publisher's device on title pages. Richard Harris Barham (1788-1845), Church of England clergyman, was born in Canterbury and his father living in Tappington Everard House, the location of the first story. His knowledge of Kentish legends was developed during his residences as a curate in Ashford and Westwell, and subsequently in the livings of Snargate and Warehorne, until he moved to London in 1821: 'And he would be not long in discovering that, dull and dreary as Romney Marsh may have been in times when railways were not and Folkestone was an insignificant fishing village, it was not without matter of interest and amusement' (Memoir). A note in Vol. III lists the principal editions published by Richard Bentley, the author's old school friend; the first, second and third series, first appearing in book form in in 1840, 1842 and 1846 respectively. Claud Lovat Fraser (1890-1921) was an English artist, related to the Lovat chiefs of the Fraser clan, whose crest is on the first bookplate. After his war service, he became friendly with Paul Nash, and died while on holiday with him at Dymchurch. KENT LITERATURE KENT - LIT. FICTION 19TH CENTURY ILLUSTRATED KENT
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