DIARY OF A JUDGE BEING TRIALS OF LIFE COMPILED FROM THE NOTEBOOK OF A RECENTLY DECEASED JUDGE ..
by Addison, Lieut.-Colonel H[enry] R[obert]
London: Ward and Lock, 1860.. Small octavo, pp. [i-v] vi [vii-viii]  2-312, nineteenth-century half-leather and pebbled cloth, light brown endpapers. Second edition. The first edition was published in Brussels by Hauman in 1838. The Ward and Lock edition was issued as a yellowback, with two further printings. Henry Robert Addison (1805-1876) was a military man, born in Calcutta, serving abroad for most of his career, but "in retirement took to writing and turned out around sixty dramas and farces, much journalism and some fiction." - Sutherland, Victorian Fiction, p. 10. DIARY OF A JUDGE collects sixteen stories of a sensational, criminous or supernatural nature. "The Haunted House" and "An Irish Ghost Story" are competent examples of the form. In "The Phrenologist," the hero discerns the thief at a society dinner by means of phrenology. Other tales involve murder, suicide, and various crimes. Addison published a similar collection, RECOLLECTIONS OF AN IRISH POLICE MAGISTRATE, in 1862. Topp, Victorian Yellowbacks and Paperbacks, vol. II, p. 34 (calling this the first edition). Hubin (1994), p. 4. A very good copy. (#153254) (Inventory #: 153254)
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