London: Frederick Arnold, 1863. First Edition. Wrappers. 1st edition. Written and illustrated by Cruikshank and signed by him on the front cover in pencil. Original wrappers, little chips but very good, and it’s complete, as issued, without a traditional title page. Not scarce, even in wrappers, but it won’t be easy to find another signed one, in this world or the next. Very good. Item #446
A satirical strike on apparitions starting with the author’s rejection of ghosts, based on the consistency with which they are reported wearing clothes (fabric as impossibly adjoined to the soul and thus possessing an afterlife), and his ridicule of séances, and of those who bolster such ruses, like seers, mystics, diviners, and mediums.