London: Chatto and Windus, 1876. English translation of the condensed memoirs of Henry Sanson and his family. A fascinating but macabre memoir of a family of executioners living in Paris. Generations of the Sanson family served as executioners, including a seven year old child who (not yet physically able to wield an axe) was supplied with an assistant and instructor and was forced to sanction executions with his presence. Bound in the original red cloth boards with gilt titles and gilt illustrations of an axe and chopping block to spines. Minor wear to edges and corners of boards. Rubbing and minor soiling to boards. Chipping, tears, browning, and wear to cloth on spines of both volumes. A mouse has nibbled at the edge of the front board of volume two. One signature in the second volume is coming loose. Minor toning to margins. Pages remain unopened. 285 pages plus 32 pages of ads; Volume II has 306 pages. OCC/070722.
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New York: E.P. Dutton and Company, 1929. Hardcover. First edition. Augustus Montague Summers (10 April 1880 – 10 August 1948) was an English author and clergyman. He is known primarily for his scholarly work on the English drama of the 17th century, as well as for his idiosyncratic studies on witches, vampires, and werewolves. He was responsible for the first English translation, published in 1928, of the notorious 15th-century witch hunter's manual, the Malleus Maleficarum. Summers' work on the occult is notorious for his unusual and old-fashioned writing style, his display of erudition, and his purported belief in the reality of the subjects he treats. In this work, something of a companion to his The Vampire in Europe, Summers provides a study of the origins, generation, traits and practices of Vampires; the history of the Vampire in Assyria, the East, and some ancient countries; and the Vampire in literature. Each chapter included detailed notes on sources, and there are a bibliography and index. With eight black and white illustrations. Bound in orange cloth with title and author in gilt to spine and front cover. Minor wear and rubbing to boards, spine, and edges. Minor fading to spine and darkening to gilt titles. Occasional pencil ticks to margins and to index, but clean overall. Bookplate on front pastedown with offsetting to half title page. Split to interior binding after front free endpaper, but binding remains tight. 356 pages including index. OCC/071422. Very Good.