Dublin: Printed for P. Wilson [etc.], 1765. [Strange Tales]. EARLY EDITION. Two volumes bound as one. Octavo (17 x 11cm), pp.xxxii; 254; ; 288. In contemporary full mottled calf with gilt titles to red label, and further gilt decoration to spine. Large horizontal tear to p.13/14 of volume I. Some marks and spotting to final leaves. Joints split; hinges fairly weak. Head-cap pulled away; moderate external wear with additional rubbing to spine. Fair overall. A pastiche of the Arabian Nights, first published in monthly parts in 'The Schemer' leading up to the first collected edition of 1764, completed just before the author's premature death. The conclusion of the story, in which the evil magician flies off to wreak havoc in England, is thought to foreshadow Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' (1897). Item #49577
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