The Ingoldsby Legends

or Mirth and Marvels by Thomas Ingoldsby Esquire

[BARNHAM, Richard Harris] / INGOLDSBY, Thomas

AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY

[BARNHAM, Richard Harris] The Ingoldsby Legends or Mirth and Marvels by Thomas Ingoldsby Esquire

Bentley, 1840.

Three volumes, all first editions. Volume I in the first issue with page 236 blank. Volume II in the second issue with errata on the reverse of contents page. Original brown cloth with titles stamped in gilt and decoration in blind. Author's presentation copy, inscribed on the front endpaper, "To Mr Serjeant Talfourd from The admirer of his Genius and Sincere Friend Thos. Ingoldsby" Nineteen steel engraved plates by John Leech and George Cruikshank as called for. A generally very good set, with neat repairs to the joints of volumes one and two, volume three in excellent condition. A small chip to the engraved title page of volume one and occasional foxing to plates and margins, but generally clean. Housed in individual, full morocco cases.

The author's most famous work, and Victorian best seller, being a collection of humorous or grotesque tales and verse based on the author's extensive research as an antiquarian. It is referred to as light reading material for both Allan Quartermain in King Solomon's Mines and Nick Jenkins in A Dance to the Music of Time. It is now most famous for the single story, The Jackdaw of Reims.
Thomas Noon Talfourd, one of the last people to be appointed "Serjeant-at-Law", was also a notable poet, biographer and dramatic author. He was a friend of Dickens, (he was the dedicatee of The Pickwick Papers), and a prominent member of parliament.

PROVENANCE: Thomas Noon Taulford (1795-1854, Presentation from the author); H. Bradley Martin (His sale, "Highly Important English Literature, 30 April 1990")

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