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Small quarto, seven parts in two volumes: pp. [i-iii] iv  6-93 [94: blank] [95 "NOTE," mis-paged "94"] [96: blank]; [97-101] 102-169 [170: blank] [171-172: blank leaf]; [1-5] 6-92]; [1-5] 6-93 [94: blank]; [1-5] 6-108; [1-5] 6-120; [1-5] 6-123 [124: blank], mid-nineteenth-century three-quarter green calf and drab boards, spine panel lettered and ruled in gold. First edition, second printing of each part. A early bind-up (mid-nineteenth-century) of the seven parts, rebound without the original wrappers. All six parts are second printings, the first dated 1819 on the title page, the remainder dated 1820 on the title pages (parts 4 and 5 are paged separately,  and 108 pages respectively). The title leaves of all the parts are present as is the final blank leaf in part 1. Irving's first major work of fiction, including "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," his two most famous stories, as well as "The Spectre Bridegroom," a fine mock Gothic terror tale. "The father of the American short story and one of the first American professional writers, Irving is an important link in the transfer of the stories of German Romanticism to American soil . Irving's work laid the foundation for the writings of William Austin, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe and others." - Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p. 505. "Not only in the creation of the short story was Irving a pioneer. His work marks a progress in the American romance, so great as to be not merely a development, but a new species. The inconsistencies, the incongruities of which even [Charles Brockden] Brown was guilty, give place to a completeness of structure and a professional surety of touch. Irving's romances, even when we know, though constant rereading, just what is to happen, charm us by the grace of their form and the solvent of a humor which is his alone." - Quinn, American Fiction, p. 43. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 1-46. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 884. Bleiler (ed), Supernatural Fiction Writers: Fantasy and Horror, pp. 686-88. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 224-25. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 1-181 and 2-51. Bleiler (1978), p. 107. Not in Reginald (1979; 1992). BAL 10106. Wright (I) 1430. Grolier 100: 31. Langfeld and Blackburn, pp. 15-22. Petter, The Early American Novel, pp. 122-26, especially p. 126. Binding extremities rubbed, but overall quite presentable, scattered foxing and old damp stains to text blocks, but internally very good. Overall, a nice copy. First printings of the parts are uncommon (the first part in first printing is rare), mixed printings and editions are the norm, and copies in original wrappers in the trade nowadays are virtually nonexistent. This is quite a presentable grouping of early printings of a seminal American short story collection. (#151581). N° de réf. du libraire
Titre : THE SKETCH BOOK OF GEOFFREY CRAYON, GENT. [...
Éditeur : Printed by C. S. Van Winkle, 101 Greenwich Street 1819-1820.
Date d'édition : 1819
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