The Book of Were-Wolves: Being an Account of a Terrible Superstition - Sabine Baring-Gould 1865 - Smith, London - First Edition Nearly as rare as it’s subjects, a superb first edition of the foundation work on shape-shifting, were-wolves, and the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s descriptions of Count Dracula’s wolfish appearance. In original bright pictorial gilt cloth, were-wolf to the front and the dark frontispiece of The Were-Wolves and their prey. Suitably housed in a blood red morocco leather clamshell case, lined with felt, and lettered in gilt.

‘The Book of Were-Wolves takes a rationalistic approach to the subject, the first ten chapters of this book constitute an essential work on the subject; however, starting with Chapter XI, the narrative takes a strange turn into sensationalistic 'true crime' case-studies of cannibals, grave desecrators, and blood fetishists, which have a tenuous connection with lycanthropy. This includes an extended treatment of the case of Giles de Rais, the notorious associate of Joan of Arc, who was convicted and executed for necrosadistic crimes.’

The author, eclectic British scholar, vicar, archaeologist, historian, Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924) inspired
My Fair Lady, and wrote the hymn Onward Christian Soldiers.
  The Book of Were-Wolves was so visionary that it foresaw that future discussions within werewolf studies would necessarily travel down many side paths. Indeed, midway through, Baring-Gould treks into the shadowy world of crimes vaguely connected to werewolves, including serial murders, grave desecration, and cannibalism.’ - Lorence Coleman (Cosimo)

References: Guiley,
Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters.

Octavo pp. xii 266 [2 printer’s advertisements]. In publisher's pictorial red cloth, blocked and lettered in gilt, brown endpapers.
  Condition: Very good, gilt pictorial boards clean and bright, spine slightly darker, spine ends worn, small booksellers [plate to front pastedown, library stamp to verso of frontispiece and lower edge of title page, moderate foxing to first and last few pages, else interior clean and fine.   Ref: 106173   Price: HK$ 46,000