(London: Printed for the proprietor, 1791). 172 x 103 mm. (6 3/4 x 4"). 1 p.l., xx, -302 [i.e. 314] pp.
Contemporary (publisher's?) tan paper boards backed with slightly later sheep. Upper joint a touch rubbed, hinges partially split (but the binding fully intact), boards and edges a little scuffed, text block slightly browned due to quality of paper, occasional mild foxing, but still a very clean and fresh copy.
This scarce work compiles a range of "genuine" anecdotes pertaining to spirits and ghostly visitations. According to the title, "apparitions, dreams, ghosts, spectres, and visions" are all treated here, those "recorded in several Ages of the World; together with some originals." The "historic" accounts reference figures like Robert the Bruce, Edward, Duke of York, and Izaak Walton, but the majority of the narratives are second-hand accounts from ordinary people. Several of the more interesting chapters describe what one ought to do (and ought not to do) when encountering a spirit, what one ought to fear, and the nature of apparitions that appear in dreams. This seems to be a very scarce book: we were able to trace just five copies sold at auction in ABPC and RBH since 1908. (ST13612)
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PJP Catalog: SE18BF.046