London: William Charlton Wright...Whiting & Branston, Printers, [ca. 1828].
With three hand-colored lithographed plates (two folding) with gold highlights, letterpress title in black and gold within lithographed decorative borders. , 100 pp. 8vo. Old boards, early re-back with leather label on spine, upper cover starting. Scarce; OCLC records only 3 copies. Item #316374
A scarce anthology of supernatural tales, which according to the publisher's statement on the recto of the contents leaf come from "the pens of personal friends." The wonderfully weird plates, done in colour and gold, include a folding frontis titled "Byron's Immortality; or The Vision of Childe Harrold," drawn by E.F. Lambert, designed by William Davenport, and engraved by G. Hunt; a folding plate after Robert Cruikshank of a sorceress raising a corpse from the grave; and a third titled "Ancient Necromancers Invoking an Evil Spirit." The stories include: Lord Byron in the other world; Lord Byron's immortality; or The Vision of Childe Harold by William Davenport; Death of Lord Byron by Mrs. Henry Rolls; Von Weber and the heavenly choir, or, The vision of the angel Anael;Nativity of Carl Maria von Weber; The sorceress; Mystic enchantment, a fragment; Catophomancy, or, Prescience; The painting; The phantom ship, or, The flying Dutchman; The demon lover; The necromancers, and The prediction; Talma in celestial spheres; The syren of the lake; and The song of the syren.
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