Philadelphia, PA: T.B. Peterson and Brothers, 1858. First Edition. Hardcover. "Mortimer Q. Thomson (September 2, 1832 – June 25, 1875) was an American journalist and humorist who wrote under the pseudonym Q. K. Philander Doesticks. He was born in Riga, New York and grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He attended Michigan University in Ann Arbor, but was expelled along with several others either for his involvement in secret societies or for "too much enterprise in securing subjects for the dissecting room." After a brief period working in theater, he became a journalist and lecturer."--Wikipedia.
For his published writings he used the pen name "Q. K. Philander Doesticks, P. B.", a pseudonym he had first used in university (the full version is "Queer Kritter Philander Doesticks, Perfect Brick"). 'Witches' is a humorous and tongue-in-cheek exploration of ancedotes of the real witches of New York in the mid-19th century, including mostly women seers and diviners. Very Good+. Rebacked, conserving the original spine, some wear to overlays and small stain on a few pages, small tear on p.209, else tight, bright, and unmarred. Original publisher's blind pressed binding over pebbled boards with illustrated end papers, frontispiece with tissue overlay. 8 vo, 405 pages with Peterson catalogue appended. Presentation copy with author's inscription: "To Mr. Edward P. Beach, with compliments of the author." Item #9753