· York
Shocking tales of frightful figures, distressing but accurate premonitions, and foul murders — interspersed with dire warnings against "putting off religion to another day" (p. 35). The work opens with => a hand-colored wood-engraved frontispiece depicting a family reacting to a glowing specter in the woods.
This little pamphlet was extracted from a longer (and also more specifically Christian) collection of ghost stories originally published ca. 1806 by Tregortha, an itinerant Methodist preacher who later became a printer and bookseller. The present York printing is extremely scarce, with WorldCat and NSTC both finding => only one reported location (the British Library). Our suggested publication date is based on that listing.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
NSTC N860. Later red leather–covered boards, front cover with gilt-stamped title; lightly worn, with a few small scuffs. Pages age-toned with scattered light spots, some upper outer corners bumped. One lower outer corner torn away, not touching text; final leaf with upper two-thirds torn away and repaired with blank paper with significant loss of text, though the verso does show the printer's "finis" vignette as almost entirely preserved. => Unusual, intriguing, and priced with an eye more on its faults than on its fascinations. (Inventory #: 40705)