Over boards and to the leather. Small private bookplate on front endpapers. Small name inscription on title page otherwise a very clean and tight copy. 416 pages.
Crowe (Catherine) The Weir-Wolf
1st printing contained within Volume 3 of Hogg’s Weekly Instructor (pages 184-189).
London, Hogg’s Weekly Instructor, 1846
The volume contains many articles, stories and poems as was the nature of the periodical but primarily it is the inclusion of the important first printing of Catherine Crowe’s ‘The Story of a Weir-Wolf’ that makes this desirable. It is a ‘Witch Trial’ story of the sufferings of a maiden who is wrongly accused of Lycanthropy.
This story is arguably wrote the first werewolf short story by a female. It was reprinted in The Best Werewolf Short Stories 1800-1849: A Classic Werewolf Anthology but its first appearance was in this volume.
Two years after “A Story of a Weir-Wolf” was published Crowe published a collection she titled “The Night-Side of Nature, or Ghosts and Ghost-seers.”
An attractive addition to any collection of gothic and/or supernatural fiction.