London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1865. First edition. Hardcover. Fine. A remarkably clean, bright and pristine copy - one I spent 40 years trying to find in acceptable condition. Original red cloth, elaborately decorated in gilt on the front panel and again, and in even greater detail, on the spine. This copy with the book-plate of Mrs. Sabine Baring-Gould, the author's wife, affixed to the front paste-down. Now housed in a lovely drop-back box, bound in quarter red morocco and lettered in gilt. A stunning copy of a book famously hard to locate in any condition. His published works now total over 1200 titles and the list appears to be growing. Wonderful and frightening frontispiece engraving is present.