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AINSWORTH, William Harrison.

The Lancashire Witches.

Stock Code
100784
London, Henry Colburn, Publishers, 1849
£695

A very good first edition of this three-decker by William Harrison Ainsworth, rare in the publisher's original cloth binding. Lancashire Witches is a classic tale of witchcraft, set in a wild inaccessible corner of Lancashire largely around the time of the 1612 Pendle Witch Trials, when witches, warlocks and demons were believed by many to still stalk the land...

Ainsworth was an immensely popular writer in his time, many drawing favourable comparisons with Thackeray and Dickens for his work, and he garnered much popular appeal for his mythologising of Dick Turpin (Rockwood, 1833) and Jack Sheppard (1838). However, Lancashire Witches, with its attention to topographical detail and equally admirable romantic licence when recounting the actual trials & characters, is the only one of his which has remained consistently in print.

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Description

First editions; 3 vols, 8vo; 2p. advertisements as called for by Sadleir, later endpapers in antique style; publisher's blind-tooled cloth, very neatly rebacked preserving publisher's gilt backstrips, some minor bumping, circular stain to lower cover of vol.II, overall a very good set.

Bibliography

Sadleir 17; Wolff 56

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