Parkes, William Thodore. Spook Ballads.
London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., 1895.
First edition. 8vo. 247pp. + 2pp. ads. Publisher’s blue bevelled cloth boards, extravagantly titled and decorated in gilt to spine and front board. Internally clean, with some quite striking browning to the front flyleaf and pastedown, of a radically different paper stock to the rest of the book. Illustrated throughout by the author, a collection of poems and ditties, some dealing with supernatural elements, some humorous. Charming, in a slightly inebriated fashion. From the library of noted collector and bibliographer Richard Dalby, with his typed index card laid in at the front.