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Briggs, Katharine M Nine Lives - cats in folklore - uncorrected proof copy
London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1980. Soft cover. Good. An uncorrected proof copy of this classic study of folklore. A re-typed version of chapter one is loosely laid in. The paper covers are worn and marked, with some creasing. Good. (Book ref. BYB9169) £26.46
Briggs, Katharine Mary Fairies in Tradition and Literature
London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1977. Soft cover. Good. A detailed examination of fairy lore. Signed by the author to the title page and with a signed dedication to the half title. Covers marked and worn but internally clean and sound. (Book ref. BYB9168) £17.64
Erben, K J and Nemcova, B illus. Josef Lada Folk Tales
Albatros Prague 3rd edition 2001 HB. Hardcover. Very Good. A collection of Czech folktales, translated by Vera Gissing and Lucy Dolezalova. Laminated illustrative boards, VG, no inscriptions, no DJ. 118pp (Book ref. BYB9156) £7.94
Sharpe, Charles Kirkpatrick Witchcraft in Scotland
Barnes & Noble/Harper & Row New York 1972 HB. Hardcover. Very Good. US edition of the S. R. Publishers reprint of the 1884 republication of the introduction to Law's 'Memorialls' - published as 'A Historical Account of the Belief in Witchcraft in Scotland'. Focussing on witch trials. VG, no inscriptions, in DJ that is sunned, not price-clipped, generally VG. 268pp (Book ref. BYB9154) £11.47
Rink, Hinrich Tales and Traditions of the Eskimo
Dover New York 1997 PB. Soft cover. Very Good. An unabridged republication of a work originally published in 1875. An ethnographic classic, with 150 tales of folklore, myth and legend, and a long introduction describing Inuit life at that time in Labrador and Greenland. VG, no inscriptions. 472pp (Book ref. BYB9153) £9.70
Theiner, George trans. Persian Fables
Spring Books London HB. Hardcover. Very Good. Undated. A new translation of thirty-three fables of Bidpai, from the Panchatantra, illustrated with exquisite miniatures from a version of Kalila and Dimna now in a the Emperial Library, Teheran. VG, no inscriptions, in edge-worn, chipped, mended, good DJ. 132pp (Book ref. BYB9152) £19.41
Marsden, Barry M The Early Barrow Diggers
Shire Publications Aylesbury 1974 HB. Hardcover. Very Good. In the Folk Life Library. From William Stukeley to Pitt-Rivers, a tale of plunder and destruction. Signed by the author to the ffep. VG in slightly edge-worn but generally VG DJ. 126pp (Book ref. BYB9138) £9.70
Gatherer, W A Ballads High and Low
Heinemann Educational Books Ltd London 1975 PB. Soft cover. Good. Part of the Secondary English Programme, this study guide examines the text of selected heroic ballads - Jesse James, The Wild Colonial Boy, John Henry, Robin Hood and Alan a Dale, Robin Hood and the Curtal Friar, Captain Death, My Bonny Black Bess, Sir Patrick Spens, Bonny George Campbell, Bonny Earl of Moray and the parody The Jubilee Cup. Covers a little worn and marked, no inscriptions, tight and sound, good. 72pp (Book ref. BYB9130) £5.29
Briggs, Katharine A Dictionary of Fairies
Penguin Harmondsworth 1977 PB. Soft cover. Good. Hobgoblins, Brownies, Bogies and other supernatural creatures - illustrated with 21 plates. Wear to covers, clean, tight and sound, good. 481pp (Book ref. BYB4885) £11.47
Simpson, Jaqueline British Folklore
The Post Office 1981 PB. Soft cover. Very Good. A folder of illustrated teachers' notes written, by the President of the Folklore Society, to accompany the issue of stamps of British folklore, detailing aspects of lore, in landscape, farming, the calendar, superstitions, mumming, fairies and witches. Covers lightly worn, generally VG. 26pp (Book ref. BYB9111) £7.94
Nicoll, Eric P A Pictish Panorama - the story of the Picts and a Pictish bibliography
Pictish Arts Society/The Pinkfoot Press Edinburgh/Balgavies 1st 1995 HB. Hardcover. Very Good. Scholarly essays by Dauvit Broun, Katherine Forsyth, WFH Nicolaisen, Anna Ritchie and Edwina VW Proudfoot on aspects of Pictish culture, illustrated with line drawings; followed by a select annotated bibliography of works to date on the Picts. VG in VG DJ. 188pp (Book ref. BYB9107) £21.17
Fife, Hugh The Tree-Life of Argyll
Famedram Publishers Gartocharn PB. Soft cover. Very Good. Laws, habitats, use of native trees and their part in folk-lore and mythology. A pleasant guide to tree-cosmology, focussing on blackthorn, hawthorn, elder, willow, holly, hazel, rowan, birch, alder, pine, ash and oak. Undated but contemporary; unpaginated. VG, no inscriptions. (Book ref. BYB9097) £9.70
Concepcion, Jose Luis, trans. Robin April-Stock The Guanches Survivors and their descendants (Canary Island history)
Asociacion Cultural de las Islas Canarias Tenerife 1992 PB. Soft cover. Very Good. Seventh edition. An historical study suggesting that the Guanches, original inhabitants of the Canary Islands, survived massacre and enslavement to form a genetic and cultural part of the islands today. VG, no inscriptions. 69pp (Book ref. BYB9092) £5.29
Norman, W H (Ben) Legends and Folklore of Watchet
W H Ben Norman Watchet 2000 PB. Soft cover. Very Good. Reprint. A fine collection of anecdotes from this small Somerset seaport, illustrated with old photographs and drawings. Name to ffep, o/w VG. 56pp (Book ref. BYB9091) £5.29
Wilks, J H Trees of the British Isles in History and Legend
Frederick Muller London 1st 1972 HB. Hardcover. Very Good. Wide ranging exploration of trees from an arboricultralist. It mostly centres on England but Welsh, Irish and Scottish trees are included. Highwaymen, hanging trees, curiosa, local legends, place-names, list of superlative British trees, folklore and much more. Light wear to laminated boards, slight marking to illustrative end-papers, no inscriptions, generally VG in slightly edge-worn, price-clipped, good DJ. 255pp (Book ref. BYB9081) £9.70
Bradfield College Sixth Form Boys of 1900 The Agamemnon of Aeschylus
Bradfield College Oxford 1949 PB. Soft cover. Good. The Greek text, with English verse translation in parallel. A ticket, to the 1949 production at the college, is loosely laid in. With brief biographies of the class of 1900, some of whom were killed in action 1914-18. Covers worn and marked, small splits to spine, age-mottling to prelims, small name to ffep, clean, tight and sound, good. 60pp (Book ref. BYB9072) £7.94
Barker, Cecily M The Book of the Flower Fairies
Blackie & Sons London HB. Hardcover. Good. Undated. The first omnibus edition. Green cloth a little worn and marked, corners bumped, gold lettering and fairy vignette, green on top, grey end-papers, child's name and address to ffep, flower stickers to half title, remnant of erased marks to contents pages, some age-mottling and occasional grubby marks, all illus present and clear, with blue borders, tight and sound, good. 93pp (Book ref. BYB9064) £73.21
Poulson, Joan North Country Calendar - part one, January to June
Hendon Publishing Nelson 1978 PB. Soft cover. Good. Old customs, rhymes, games, work, herbs and country lore through the seasons, illustrated with line drawings and old photographs. Stapled booklet, illustrative covers a little worn, no inscriptions, good. 40pp (Book ref. BYB9046) £5.29
Shota Rustaveli trans. Vivian, Katherine The Knight in Panther Skin
Folio Society London 1977 HB. Hardcover. Very Good. A prose translation of the 12th century Georgian epic poem, with illustrations taken from a 17th century manuscript. Handsome magenta silk binding, decorated with silver and gold, very slight sunning to spine, map endpapers, no inscriptions, VG in VG slip-case. 207pp (Book ref. BYB9043) £17.64
Donaldson, Ian The Rapes of Lucretia - a myth and its transformations
Clarendon Press Oxford 1st 1982 HB. Hardcover. Good. An examination of the origins of the story and the many ways it has been interpreted over the centuries. Ex-lib, wear to feps and stamps to prelims and edge of page block, o/w clean, tight and sound, good in VG DJ. 203pp (Book ref. BYB8954) £48.51