1830 · London
by Akerman, John Yonge, writing as "J. Y. A.
London: Effingham Wilson, 1830. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [i-v] vi-vii [viii-x]  2-250 [note: half title and title leaves are inserts (probably integral)], engraved title and six inserted plates with illustrations engraved by J. Thompson and S. and T. Williams after drawings by George Cruickshank, early purple binder's cloth with leather title label affixed to spine panel, top edge untrimmed. First edition. A collection of supernatural, folkloristic, and traditional tales, written or retold by Akerman, several from German sources. John Yonge Akerman (1806-1873) was an English antiquarian specializing in numismatics. He published some fiction, including WILTSHIRE TALES (1853), a collection of short stories, and THE ADOPTED SON, A LEGEND OF THE REBELLION OF JACK CADE (1842), under the pseudonym Paul Pindar. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1751. Cohn 22. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978) or Reginald (1979; 1992). Block, The English Novel 1740-1850, p. 339. Private owner's bookplate affixed to front paste-down. Cloth worn at spine ends, some patchy fading to cloth, some foxing to half title leaf, title leaf and frontispiece, a very good copy. (#152059) (Inventory #: 152059)