CARROLL, Lewis (author). Phantasmagoria And Other Poems. London: Macmillan and Co., 1869.
8vo. Original royal blue cloth panelled and decorated in gilt, all edges gilt, brown endpapers; pp. [x], 4-202; spine a little darkened with a touch of rubbing to head and tail and corners, free endpapers very slightly browned, otherwise internally very clean; elusive in first issue.
First edition, first issue, with the chapter 'Melancholetta' incorrectly numbered 78 in the Table of Contents with no cancel title-page and without 'Author of Alice in Wonderland' to the title-page. The work, which contains the title poem in seven cantos, is designed to allay all fear of ghosts from nervous people by representing that it is no pleasure at all to the ghosts to howl on battlements on wet nights, or to clank chains. Many verses appear here for the first time. Carroll wished to secure George du Maurier as the illustrator but this plan collapsed.
The word "phantasmagoria" was invented in 1802 to describe a gathering of ghosts.