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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

F008E. Ebbutt, M.A, Hero Myths and Legends of the British Race, 1910, Harrap 1912, 8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles and decoration to spine and front board, 30 + 375pp including index + 64 plates. Includes the legends of Beowulf, Robin Hood, Hereward the Wake, etc. A few minor marks to covers, spine ends worn, some occasional light foxing, mainly to margins, two pages loose and ragged at edges, rest of contents clean and tight, and otherwise good + £6

F7BB. Davies, J.C, Folk-Lore of West and Mid-Wales, 1st edition, printed for the Welsh Gazette 1911, tall 8vo, salmon pink cloth with gilt titles to spine, 12 + 348pp including index, with illustrations in the text. An interesting combination of both contemporary and established Welsh folklore on customs, ghosts, witches and wizards, folk healing, fairies, etc. Spine faded, some lighter fading to boards in places, corners bumped, minor soiling to edges of text block and end papers, otherwise internally clean and tight. A good + or very slightly better overall copy of the increasingly uncommon first issue £75

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

F8B.  Gomme, G.L, Folklore as an Historical Science, 1st ed. Methuen 1908, 8vo, original red cloth with gilt titles to spine and front board, 16 + 371pp including index + 28 plates. An interesting study that looks at archaeological, anthropological, and other evidence to substantiate folklore, much of which relates to British traditions, including totemic survivals, myths and beliefs, etc. A few minor marks to cloth, spine very slightly faded, edges of text block lightly tanned,  owner’s book plate to front paste-down, minor spotting to end papers and prelims, text clean and tight. A near very good copy £15

F8BB. Gomme, G.L, (editor), The Gentleman’s Magazine: English Traditional Lore, 1885, Singing Tree Press 1968, 8vo, quarter brown mock leather over fawn cloth boards with gilt titles to spine, 16 + 356pp including index. A compilation of English folklore together with related foreign customs, and including material on fairy lore, dreams, ghosts, legends, etc. Spine lightly rubbed at tail, a few minor marks to covers, internally clean and tight. Very good £15

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

F09B. Grimm, J, Teutonic Mythology, 1844, Dover 8vo pbks. 1966, 4 volumes, (3 volumes complete plus the supplement of notes collected by E.H Meyer from the author’s notes with an appendix), 10 + 4 + 58 + 4 + 1888pp including indices. A reprint of the first English edition (1882-8), translated from the fourth German edition with notes and an appendix by J.S Stallybrass. Arguably the most comprehensive and meticulously referenced study of its kind, and despite a maddeningly dense text, is an essential work for those seriously interested in Germanic folklore, magic, myth and religion. Minor reading creases to spines, light edge-wear to covers in places, internally clean and tight. Clear laminate layer lifting at lower corner of rear cover on volume one and lower corner of front cover on volume four, otherwise a near very good set £48

F12. Hardwick, C, Traditions, Superstitions, and Folk-Lore, (chiefly Lancashire and the North of England) Their affinity to others in widely distributed localities; their Eastern Origin and Mythical Significance, 1st edition, Simpkin Marshall 1872, 8vo, brown cloth with gilt titles to spine and blind decoration to boards, , 20 + 306pp, with a frontispiece. An important study of northern English folklore covering fairy lore, ghosts, giants, well worship, sacred birds, fire worship, witchcraft, ceremonies, etc. Spine ends and corners bumped and slightly worn, light soiling to cloth, minor spotting to edges of text block, light foxing to first few leaves and the odd margin, text otherwise clean and tight. A good + overall copy of the uncommon first issue £35

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