THORNBURY, Walter. Haunted London. Hurst & Blackett, London, 1865.
8vo. Original green cloth, decorated in gilt with image of Temple Bar, spine titled in gilt; xvi, 518, [1, errata]; some wear to the covers, inscription to front endpaper, a few small pencil annotations, nonetheless an attractive copy.
A little bit of a misnomer, in that despite the name Thornbury is less interested in ghosts and hauntings than he is in telling salacious stories about historical figures and in general being a bit rude about landmarks. You won't find many spirits in here, but you *will* find unnerving facts about all sorts of people and locations that you might prefer not to know. Did you know Temple Bar once served as a repository for severed heads? How about Chunee, the elephant who went mad from a toothache and had to be put down by an entire company of riflemen, only for its skeleton to be destroyed by the Luftwaffe? No? Perhaps you know of Dorothy Rich, the heiress who married Percy, the Wizard Earl of Northumberland so she could live as a dog? I thought not. Haunted London is filled with strange facts and fables, tied up with Thornbury's blistering wit.