22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces. Publisher J. Duncombe.
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces
22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces

22 volumes of Dramatic Tales, ca. 1830s - 88 tales with folding colored frontispieces

London: J. Duncombe, Ca. 1830s. Hardcover. 16mo (4.25 x 2.75 inches), 22 volumes, in crushed deep red morocco by Bayntun with rubbing and wear, many of the boards are detached, spines dry and rubbed. Contents very good. Each volume contains 4 stories, each with a folding colored aquatint frontispiece and separate title page, although the pagination of each volume is contiguous. The contents are very good or better with only a few exceptions (the first folding plate to the first volume has been crudely taped on its verso, for example). Very rare in commerce as well as institutions; occasionally a grouping of eight comes up for auction, but to find 88 tales is extraordinary. The tales have as their subject matter adventures, crimes, tales set in Italy, France, Germany and Greece, and a few in America, some about the Irish, about Native Americans, some culled from literature (for example, Hamlet), others from folk tales, historical figures and legends. Almost all are anonymous. The frontispieces, all folding, are charming and neatly colored. We have made no attempt at restoration. A random selection of titles: Puss in Boots, Harlequin and the Elfin Arrow, Valkyrae, Pantomimes, Alfred the Great, Oscar the Bandit, Napoleon Bonaparte Captain of Artillery, Mazeppa and his Wild Horse a Tale of Poland, The Pilot a Tale of the Sea, The Rebel Chief an Historical Tale, The Bride of Ludgate a Romantic Tale, The Dream of Fate or Sarah the Jewess, `Thalaba the Destroyer, Love's Frailties a Domestic Tale of Intense Interest, Black Caesar or the Fatal Thicket, The Last Days of Pompei or the City of the Dead, Gustavus the Third or the Masked Ball, Agnes de Vere or the Broken Heart, The Little Red Man or the Witch of the Water Snakes, The Devil & Tom Walker or the Black Woodsman a Legend of America, Timour the Tartar or the Princess of Mingrelia, Masaniello or the Dumb Girl of Portici. One can imagine Edward Gorey reading these with delight. Fair. Item #H16655

Price: $2,750.00

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