1876. London: David Nutt, 1893.
12mo, lxv, 92 [2, ads] pp. Engraved frontispiece. Publisher's printed cream-colored stiff wrappers. Backstrip tanned, a few foxing flecks here and there but overall a fine copy of a fragile book.
§ First edition, one of 550 copies. In the late 17th century, Robert Kirk, a Scottish minister, went looking for supernatural creatures
of “a middle nature betwixt man and angel.” Roaming the Highlands, he spoke to his parishioners and other country folk about their encounters with fairies, wraiths, elves, doppelgangers, and other agents of the spirit world. Supposedly left in manuscript form upon the author’s death in 1692, the text was first published in 1815 at the behest of Sir Walter Scott. Lang’s introduction to Kirk's extraordinary blend of science, religion, and superstition first appears in this edition. Item #124281