Erckmann-Chatrian (nom-de-plume, Émile Erckmann & Alexandre Chatrian) Stories of the Rhine


London, Ward Lock & Co., c.1882-84.

Early English edition. 8vo. Publisher’s adverts to rear. Original decorative cloth blocked in black & gilt.

This copy dates from sometime between 1882 and 1884 based on the title page. Ward, Lock & Co. did not open an office in New York at 10 Bond Street until June of 1882. In November of 1884 that office moved to 31 Bond Street. The first edition of Stories of the Rhine was published by Ward, Lock & Tyler in 1875, and in addition to stating “Ward, Lock& Tyler” on the title page, it would only have their earlier address of Warwick House, Salisbury Square. Ward, Lock & Tyler became Ward, Lock, & Co, in 1877.

Collection of short stories, set in the late 18th century and in the 19th century, most with a weird element including ‘The Buried Treasure’ where the treasure of Gontran the Miser is found by supernatural means. All Victorian editions of Erckmann-Chatrian titles are uncommon especially in original cloth.

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