12mo, three volumes: [1-8]  2-324; [1-6]  2-364; [1-4] [1-3] 4-464, pagination includes half title leaf in each volume, three-quarter red crushed morocco and red cloth, lettered and tooled in gold, t.e.g., fore-edges untrimmed, bottom edges trimmed. First edition. Presentation copy inscribed "With the Author's Compliments" on half title leaf of volume one. Ainsworth's first novel. "In 1834, when Richard Bentley published Ainsworth's ROOKWOOD, Anisworth had instant fame, which peaked in the early 1840s."-Bleiler (ed), Supernatural Fiction Writers Fantasy and Horror, p. 187. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 5. Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p. 14. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 2. Tymn (ed. ), Horror Literature 2-1. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 26. Bleiler (1978), p. 3. Sadleir 26 (in original boards). Wolff 67. Block, The English Novel 1740-1850, p. 5. Some light wear to leather, mostly a couple of corner tips and upper spine ends of volumes one and three, a bit of rubbing along outer joints, more so to volume one, a nice, internally clean set. (#151576)
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