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F1AA. Baker, R.L, Hoosier Folk Legends, 1st edition, Indiana University Press 8vo pbk. 1989, 22 + 264pp. A comprehensive collection of Indiana folklore, including sections on witches, monsters, special powers, hauntings, etc, through to modern legends such as UFOs. Near fine £6

F5AD. Campbell, M, Curious Tales of Old West Yorkshire, 1st edition, Sigma 8vo pbk. 1999, 6 + 229pp including index, with double page map, photographs and other illustrations in the text, foreword by Mollie Sugden. An interesting study, featuring material on ghosts, legends, punishments, and a host of other curiosities, and including a brief section on the Rosicrucian Fathers of Keighley. A few minor marks to covers, edges lightly rubbed, contents clean and tight. Very good £2.50

F008A. Fort, C, The Book of the Damned, 1919, Abacus 8vo pbk. 1973, 317pp, introduction by Tiffany Thayer, preface by Donald Wollheim. One of the author’s four books detailing strange and unexplainable phenomena. Some light edge wear, reading crease near spine, tiny nick to top edge of front cover, rear cover a little soiled. Merest hint of tanning to margins, text clean and tight. Good +  £2

F8BB. Gomme, G.L, Primitive Folk-Moots; or Open-Air Assemblies in Britain, 1st edition, Sampson Low 1880, Cr8vo, green cloth with gilt titles to spine, 12 + 316pp including index + 32pp publisher’s catalogue, with the attractive book plate of former Prebendary of London William J. Oldfield D.D to the front paste-down and small ownership stamp of author and High Court judge W.H Rattigan to upper margins of title and dedication leaves. The origin and development of folk moots in England, together with accounts of their historical survival. Corners and spine ends slightly worn, a few minor marks to cloth, inner hinges a little strained, minor spots to the odd margin, text clean and tight, good + overall £25

F8CC. Gould, C, Mythical Monsters, 1886, Senate 8vo pbk. 1995, 4 + 407pp, with illustrations in the text. A sound study, based on origins in pre-history. Edges of covers lightly rubbed, small bump to upper fold near spine, spine marked, contents clean and tight. A near very good copy £1.50

F13D. Hollis, A.C, The Masai: Their Language and Folklore, 1st edition, Oxford at the Clarendon Press 1905, 8vo, red cloth with gilt titles to spine, 18 + 360pp including index + a frontispiece, 26 further plates, and folding coloured map; a sound study of Massai language and customs including material on the gods, the ‘devil’, stars, omens, medicine men, curses, etc. Cloth rather marked, spine ends and corners worn, chip to blank upper corner of one leaf, creasing to a few upper corners, one plate ragged at edges, small tear to inner edge of map without loss, ownership inscription to rear end paper, some occasional foxing throughout, mainly to margins, stitching very slightly strained in a couple of places, overall still a good solid copy of the uncommon original issue £20

F13CDD. (Homer), The Odyssey of Homer, 1st edition thus, 3rd printing, O.U.P 1932, 8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine and illustration to front board, 6 + 327pp, vignette to title page, fore-edge uncut. A new prose translation of Homer’s ancient Greek mythological epic by T.E Shaw. Very slight fading to spine, old book plate to front paste-down, end papers and edges of text block slightly darkened, contents otherwise clean and tight. Very good £6