CRABBE, George. ~ Tales. London: [J. Brettell] for J. Hatchard, 1812.
8vo (223 × 135 mm), pp. xxii, , 398,  (advert leaf). Occasional spotting (most marginal) but generally very clean and fresh. Uncut in original boards, printed spine label. Rubbed, upper joint cracked (loose but secure). Early ownership inscription of Sir Robert Sheffield and booklabel of John Sparrow to front pastedown. An appealing, unsophisticated copy.
First edition. Following The Borough in Crabbe’s output, these 21 Tales in verse are arguably his masterpiece and were warmly received by his admirers. ‘Several of Crabbe’s favourite themes are explored in multiple tales: exile and return, radicals and libertines as forces of social destruction, social inequality, and love and courtship’ (Oxford DNB).. Jackson, p. 364.