MYSTERIES OF THE OLD CASTLES OF FRANCE, OR SECRET INTRIGUES OF THE KINGS AND QUEENS, PRINCES AND PRINCESSES, AND OTHER GREAT PERSONAGES OF THE TIMES. By a Society of Arch Seers, Under the Direction of A. B. Le Francois. Translated by William Thomas Haley. A. B. LE FRANCOIS, Alexandre Bailly.
MYSTERIES OF THE OLD CASTLES OF FRANCE, OR SECRET INTRIGUES OF THE KINGS AND QUEENS, PRINCES AND PRINCESSES, AND OTHER GREAT PERSONAGES OF THE TIMES. By a Society of Arch Seers, Under the Direction of A. B. Le Francois. Translated by William Thomas Haley.
MYSTERIES OF THE OLD CASTLES OF FRANCE, OR SECRET INTRIGUES OF THE KINGS AND QUEENS, PRINCES AND PRINCESSES, AND OTHER GREAT PERSONAGES OF THE TIMES. By a Society of Arch Seers, Under the Direction of A. B. Le Francois. Translated by William Thomas Haley.

MYSTERIES OF THE OLD CASTLES OF FRANCE, OR SECRET INTRIGUES OF THE KINGS AND QUEENS, PRINCES AND PRINCESSES, AND OTHER GREAT PERSONAGES OF THE TIMES. By a Society of Arch Seers, Under the Direction of A. B. Le Francois. Translated by William Thomas Haley.

London: Published by W. Strange, 21, Paternoster Row; E. Dipple, 42, Holywell Street; and all Booksellers, No Date [1847-48]. First Edition. First edition, bound from the parts in contemporary 1/4 black leather over black cloth boards, spine ruled and lettered in gilt, brown endpapers. Large octavo, 348 pp, printed in double columns. Frontispiece & numerous illustrations in text. Text block solid, Inner front hinge lightly cracked at title, front and rear inner hinges at endpapers re-glued slightly excessively, leather worn at head & heel of spine and rear spine hinge re-glued. A good copy; with a contemporary name and date on the front endpaper"George Bradbury, Hulme, 1849". The illustrations are on a whole quite wonderful, with the notworth illustration for 'Castle of Blandy' on p. 154 showing ghostly spectres flying past a gothic castle in the moonlight. Item #311904

¶ Originally published in 44 undated penny numbers, and in sixpenny parts by Strange and Dipple. A translation of 'Mysteries des vieux chateaux de France, ou Amours secretes des Rois et des Reines.' The "Mysteries" include supernatural episodes and wonderfully lurid illustrations. See A.E. Waite, THE QUEST FOR BLOODS: A Study of the Victorian Penny Dreadful, p. 98.

Price: $150.00