News From the Invisible World or, Interesting Anecdotes of the Dead; Containing a Particular Survey of the Most Remarkable and Well Authenticated Accounts of Apparitions, Ghosts, Spectres,...
Burslem: Printed and published by J. Tregortha, 1806. (rest of the title) "...Dreams and Visions: with Some Valuable Extracts from the Works of the Rev. John Wesley, the Rev. David Simpson, and Others." Probable first edition, earliest known imprint of this title. [1-4] [i] ii-vi, 1-451 [1-3] Index at end. Small Octavo. Good in half leather with leather corners. Marbeled boards and endpapers. Binding appears to be later 19th century, with 5 raised bands. Gilt of title on spine mostly worn off. Endpapers later as well. Sticker (not a proper bookplate) of former US Navy owner on pastedown. Scuffing to boards. Some wear to edges and corners. Interior hinges tight, but back hinge shows work of the repair. Original frontis pasted on page, with small tears at edges of page not affecting image. Interior pages slightly brown but not brittle, with some foxing. P. 345 - end shows darkening at upper corner and/or edge on most pages. Top edges of pages soiled. Each story is continued further in the book, and a previous owner has noted the page for the rest of the story in ink in a period script. In pencil above the introduction"This introduction is so ill worthless in points of grammar that the reader will do well to omit it". A very scarce copy of this work, also published with variations in 1808, 1813, 1815, 1824, and later. This edition not in Worldcat. Tregortha was a Methodist preacher turned tract seller and publisher in Staffordshire, and died in 1821. His old clothing inspired the phrase "Old as Tregortha!". He also occasionally published cheap copies of literature for local pottery workers. Good Hardcover (Item ID: 11954)