London: J.M. Dent & Co., 1907. Second (and best) trade edition. Large quarto. Original green cloth stamped in gilt. Pictorial endpapers. Mild wear, spine mildly sunned, but still an excellent copy in a later tan pictorial dust jacket printed in black. Twenty-four color plates tipped-in on brown stock with captioned tissue guards, twelve tinted plates, and sixty-six drawings in black and white. With the bookplate of Maude M. Monell on front paste-down.
Written under the nom-de-plume of clergyman Richard Harris Barham, The Ingoldsby Legends was a collection of myths and ghost stories that blended humor with the grotesque. Largely composed in rhyme, the stories emphasize figures such as saints and gods; and they were published to delight a Victorian audience increasingly interested in sensationalist gothic literature.
Latimore and Haskell 30-31. Riall 83. (Item #3746)