Item #239 Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft Addressed to J.G. Lockhart, Esq. Sir Walter Scott.

Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft Addressed to J.G. Lockhart, Esq.

London: John Murray, 1830. First Edition. Scott’s informal survey of ghosts, fairies, brownies, elves, second sight, and other European mythologies.

Evidently written to raise funds to pay off debts rather than a project of passion, and ultimately a steady seller, Scott noted in his journal that he “must do something better than this Demonological trash.” The Journal of Sir Walter Scott: from the Original Manuscript at Abbotsford (1891, vol. 2).

12mo. [5], ix, 402pp. Todd & Bowden 241Aa (binding issue 1). Tinker 1877.
Very good in publisher’s printed tan cloth, bound without advertisements before preliminaries as occasionally found in some copies, spine expertly repaired, and some foxing. Item #239

Price: $400.00