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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

F8CCD. Gould, R.T, Oddities: A Book of Unexplained Facts, 1928, 2nd edition, Geoffrey Bles 1944, 8vo, green cloth with silver titles to spine, 213pp, with 20 illustrations in the text + a frontispiece and 2 plates. An entertaining look through the byways of folklore, with eleven chapters featuring such delights as devil’s hoof-marks, Nostradamus, and the Wizard of Mauritius. A few minor marks to cloth, corners lightly bumped, minor spots to the odd margin, text clean and tight, a near very good copy £8

F11E. Haining, P. The Legend and Bizarre Crimes of Spring Heeled Jack, 1st edition, Muller 1977, 8vo, maroon  cloth with gilt titles to spine, 10 + 179pp including index, with illustrations in the text. Arguably the best and most complete study of the figure known as Spring Heeled Jack, named due to his extraordinary feats of agility and other supernatural traits. The figure was never concretely identified, and had a reign of terror spanning the entire Victorian in era in England; passing  into folklore and has been reported as reappearing periodically ever since! Minor rubbing to spine ends, minor spots to rear end paper, one leaf previously creased at corner, contents clean and tight. Very good in like (edges lightly rubbed, a few minor marks) d/w £12

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