About the book:
These books are part of a 6 volume set containing excerpts from the works of famous authors of the day, and each volume can stand alone as an individual book.
The authors featured in volumes 2 and 3 include:
Sir Walter Scott
S. T. Coleridge
Edgar Allan Poe
The Brothers Grimm
Ralph Waldo Emerson
John James Audubon
About Charles Gibbon (from Wikipedia):
Charles Gibbon (1843–1890) was a British novelist.
A three-volume novel Dangerous Connexions was published by Gibbon in 1864, which had a second edition in 1875. The Dead Heart followed in 1865, and Gibbon went on to publish some thirty novels, including were Robin Gray (1869; other editions 1872 and 1877) and For Lack of Gold (1871; other editions 1873 and 1877). Gibbon’s Scottish novels have been compared with those of William Black. Ten novels featured “Detective Dier”, a character based on Edmund Reid, who was a friend of Gibbon’s.
Gibbon also edited The Casquet of Literature (6 vols. 1873-4), and wrote a Life of George Combe, in whose theories he was interested.