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[Tregortha, John].  News from the invisible world; or interesting anecdotes of the dead; containing a particular survey of remarkable and well authenticated accounts of apparitions, ghosts, spectres, and visions, together with some remarkable dreams, impulses, and other ominous circumstances which have led to the most remarkable discoveries, some of which has been extracted from the works of the Rev. John Wesley, and other eminent divines. York: C. Croshaw, [1810]. 8vo (18.2 cm, 7.16"). Col. frontis., 34, [2] pp.
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Shocking tales of frightful figures, distressing but accurate premonitions, and foul murders — interspersed with dire warnings against "putting off religion to another day" (p. 35). The work opens with => a hand-colored wood-engraved frontispiece depicting a family reacting to a glowing specter in the woods.
        This little pamphlet was extracted from a longer (and also more specifically Christian) collection of ghost stories originally published ca. 1806 by Tregortha, an itinerant Methodist preacher who later became a printer and bookseller. The present York printing is extremely scarce, with WorldCat and NSTC both finding => only one reported location (the British Library). Our suggested publication date is based on that listing.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

NSTC N860. Later red leather–covered boards, front cover with gilt-stamped title; lightly worn, with a few small scuffs. Pages age-toned with scattered light spots, some upper outer corners bumped. One lower outer corner torn away, not touching text; final leaf with upper two-thirds torn away and repaired with blank paper with significant loss of text, though the verso does show the printer's "finis" vignette as almost entirely preserved. => Unusual, intriguing, and priced with an eye more on its faults than on its fascinations.  (40705)   Please RESHELVE This.


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