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LEWIS, Matthew Gregory (1775--1818)
Tales of wonder; written and collected by M.G. Lewis, ... In two volumes. ...
London:, printed by W. Bulmer and Co. for the author; and sold by J. Bell,, 1801.
2 vols ; 25.5 cm. (4º)
I: [4], 236 p.
II: [4], 237--482 p.

This anthology of sixty folkloric poems and ballads, compiled by the author of the Gothic novel The Monk (q.v.) and first published in 1800 in one volume containing thirty-two tales, included translations from German as well as original material from Lewis, Walter Scott, Robert Southey and John Leyden. About two-thirds of the sixty poems had been previously published by other compilers, which may explain its poor reception. Lewis visited Soane's 'gothick' basement monk's dining-room at Pitzhanger Manor in June 1804. Errata on verso of second title-page. The Soane copy lacks the final leaf of publisher's advertisements in vol. II, not included in the collation here.

Copy Notes Bought from Joseph Bell for 1 guinea, 12 June 1804. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.1.6).

Binding C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt- and blind-ruled spine with gilt-tooled false bands, black morocco spine-label. Two volumes bound in one.

Reference Number 487

Additional Names Leyden, John (1775--1811); Scott, Sir Walter (1771--1832); Southey, Robert (1774--1843); Joseph Bell

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