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F17B. Knappert, J, Pacific Mythology, 1992, Diamond Books 8vo pbk. 1995, 336pp, with a double page map and a few illustrations in the text. A comprehensive Encyclopedic study. Edges of text block lightly browned otherwise near fine £1.50

F20. Larousee (ed.), The New Larousse Encyclopaedia of Mythology, 1959, Hamlyn 1970, 4to, card covers, 12 + 500pp, numerous b/w illustrations + 34 colour plates. Still a very valuable reference work on world mythology. V. good £6

F020. Larousee (editor), The New Larousse Encyclopaedia of Mythology, 1959, Hamlyn 1973, 4to, card covers, 12 + 500pp, with numerous b/w illustrations in the text + 34 colour plates. Still a valuable reference work and a great introduction to world mythology. Faint reading creases to spine, ownership signature to top of front end paper, contents otherwise clean and tight. Very good - £3

F20BBD. Mackenzie, D.A, The Worlds Heritage, 1st edition, Gresham Publishing 1918-19, 2 volumes (complete), 8vo, matching blue cloth with spine titles and decoration in green, 16 + 452pp + a tissue guarded coloured frontispiece and 8 b/w plates & 18 + 444pp including index + a tissue guarded coloured frontispiece and 8 b/w plates. A collection of heroic mythical stories from around the world, including those of ancient Greece and India, together with several Arthurian related romances. Spines faded, edges of text blocks spotted, some light foxing to first and last few leaves, contents otherwise clean and tight. A good + set of this uncommon title £20

F20BB. Maple, E, Superstition and the Superstitious, 1st edition, W.H Allen 1971, 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 192pp. A concise popular study the origin and development of popular superstitions through to their manifestation in modern witchcraft. Minor spotting to top edge of text block, internally clean and tight. Very good + in very good (a couple of minor marks, edges lightly rubbed) d/w £5

F20CD. McNally, R.T & R. Florescu, In Search of Dracula, 1972, B.C.A 1979, large 8vo, black cloth, 223pp, with a frontispiece and illustrations in the text. The historical basis for Stoker’s classic tale, together with related accounts in folklore, a bibliography and filmography. A few faint marks to cloth, minor marks to end papers, edge of text block lightly tanned, contents otherwise clean and tight. Very good in like (lightly rubbed, some very slight edge-wear) d/w £3.50

F21G. Nivedita, S & A.K Coomarasway, Myths of the Hindus and Buddhists, 1913, Senate 8vo pbk. 1995, 12 + 426pp including index + 32 plates (on ordinary paper). Very good  £1.50

FR23ABB. Rudkin, E.H, Lincolnshire Folklore, 1st edition, Gainsborough 1936, 8vo, green cloth with gilt titles to spine, 102pp including index, with one text illustration  + a frontispiece and 3 plates, with an introduction by Margaret A. Murray.  A short but valuable contemporary collection of oral folklore, including material on witches, the devil, customs, beliefs and practices, etc. A few trivial marks to cloth, light foxing to prelims, edges of text block and a few margins, text tight and very clean overall. A near very good copy of an uncommon book, the whole edition is believed to have only consisted of 400 copies, of which most were issued in papered boards (the issue normally found) this being one of around only 100 issued in cloth and very scarce as such. £28

FR23SS. Simpson, J, The Folklore of Sussex, 1 st edition, Batsford 1973, 8vo, 8vo, black cloth, 187pp including index, double page map and illustrations in text by G.J Galsworthy. A concise, sound study, one of Batsford’s excellent Folklore of the British Isles series. A couple of minor spots to end papers. V.good in like ( very slight edge creasing, a couple of minor marks) d/w £8

F23F. Spence, L, Myths and Legends of Egypt, 1915, Studio Editions 1990, 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 12 + 370pp including index + a frontispiece and 46 plates (on ordinary paper). Edges of text block yellowed, contents clean and tight. Very good + overall in like d/w £2.50

F25A. Trevelyan, M, Folk Lore and Folk Stories of Wales, 1st edition, Elliot Stock 1909, large 8vo, red cloth with gilt titles to spine and gilt bordered blind embossed dragon motif to front board, 14 + 351pp including index, with an introduction by E. Sidney Hartland. Trevelyan’s work remains one of the best and most comprehensive studies of Welsh folklore, including chapters on witches, charms and spells, animal and plant lore, the Devil, customs and festivals, etc. Very slight fading to spine, minor rubbing to spine ends and corners, upper front corner bumped, small spot to top margin of first half a dozen or so pages, otherwise internally clean and tight, overall, still a near very good copy of the uncommon first issue £65

F27A. Various, Jubilee Congress of the Folk-Lore Society 1928: Papers and transactions, 1st edition, William Glashier 1930, 8vo, brick red cloth with gilt titles to spine, 320pp including index, with an engraved title. Addresses and a series of papers read for the Society, ranging from Tree and Animal Worship in India to Hebrew Amulets; contributors include A.H Sayce, Giza Roheim, and A.H Krappe. Minor soiling to cloth in places, edges of text block lightly soiled, small London Folk-Lore Society stamp to blank margin at foot of title, trivial spots to the odd margin, text clean and tight, a very good copy £15

F27A. Wilson, S, Robin Hood- The Spirit of the Forest, 1st ed Neptune Press 8vo pbk. 1993, 16 + 117pp, a few illustrations. The figure of Robin Hood in relation to the spirit of the forest, the green man, Odin, etc. Near mint £10