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THE BLUE FIREDRAKE, OR THE WONDERFUL AND STRANGE RELATION OF THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF NATHAN SOULDROP: SHOWING HOW HE WAS FORSPOKEN BY THAT TERRIBLE SORCERESS ELINOR SHAW, THE WHICH FOR HER VARIOUS AND ABOMINABLE CRIMES WAS BROUGHT TO TRYAL AT NORTHAMPTON IN THE YEAR 1705; TOGETHER WITH PARTICULARS OF HER AMAZING PRANKS AND REMARKABLE ACTIONS BOTH BEFORE AND AFTER HER APPREHENSION, THE LIKE NEVER BEFORE HEARD OF: WRITTEN BY HIMSELFE AND NOW SET FORTH by Thomas Wright, Principal of Cowper School, Olney ...
London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent, & Co. Limtd, 1892. A "creepy" tale of black magic and witchcraft in early eighteenth-century Northamptonshire, loosely based on the story of Elinor Shaw, the last person burnt in England for the practice of witchcraft. The narrator is the victim of mesmerism and hallucinatory horrors, one of which is a gigantic blue dragon that materializes in the air. Wright has read, but claims not to have been influenced by Harrison Ainsworth's THE LANCASHIRE WITCHES (1849), which, although "useful as an exponent of the old beliefs of Lancashire," is "too long, and the characters are anything but sharply cut." Wright apologizes for the portions of his story that "are necessarily of a somewhat creepy nature," but he hopes that "mingled with the more serious features of the southern narratives," he has caught something of their spirit, "a quaintness, a naivety, a sly humour, that makes Northamptonshire in respect to these ancient and exploded theories, far and away the most interesting county in England." Octavo, pp. [1-17] 18-293 [294-296: ads], inserted frontispiece, other illustrations in the text, original blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, white endpapers with floral pattern printed in yellow-green. First edition. Bleiler (1978), p. 213. Reginald 15674. Wolff 7332. Some wear to spine ends and corner tips, spine panel darkened, a sound, good copy. (#136210)
      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc.]
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