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F14E. Iles, N, Who Killed Cock Robin? 1st edition, Robert Hale 1986, 8vo, red cloth with gilt titles to spine, 256pp, with illustrations by harry Iles; the folklore behind nursery rhymes and carols, restoring them to their original meaning; trivial soiling to edges of text block, slight off-setting to end papers otherwise internally and externally clean and tight, very good + in like (spine panel very slightly faded) d/w £5

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

F020. Legman, G, The Horn Book: Studies in Erotic Folklore and Bibliography, 1964, 1st  British edition, Jonathan Cape 1970, 8vo, textured black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 567pp including index; bibliographical details of prohibited erotic books, together with studies relating to erotic folk songs. A couple of faint marks to covers, ownership inscription to front end paper, faint soil mark to contents leaf otherwise internally clean and tight, very good in near very good (some light edge-wear with a couple of short closed tears) d/w £8

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

F21FF. Morris, E, Legends of the Bells, 1st edition, Sampson Low, no date (c.1935), 8vo, blind ruled red cloth with gilt titles to spine and front board, 12 + 212pp + a frontispiece and 29 plates; an entertaining collection of legends, traditions, folk-tales and myths centred around bells, religious and secular, world-wide in scope. The merest hint of fading to spine, light damp marking to outer edge of front board, rear board a little marked, half title and final leaf of text browned otherwise internally clean and tight, a near very good copy overall £20

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

F022A. Opie, I & P, The Lore and Language of School Children, 1st edition, O.U.P 1959, large 8vo, blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, 20 + 417pp including index, with 11 maps in the text. The standard work of its kind, covering customs, initiation rites, superstitions, rhymes, etc. Ex lib, tape marks to boards, book plates to front down and rear end paper, perforated stamp to title with file numbers to the verso. Edges of text block slightly soiled, text clean and tight, good + in like (spine panel slightly faded and with small library label, a few minor marks in places, edges lightly rubbed in places) d/w £6

F22BB. Palmer, K, The Folklore of Somerset, 1st edition, Batsford 1976, 8vo, maroon cloth with gilt titles to spine, 186pp including index, with a double page map and illustrations in the text by G.J Galsworthy; a concise, sound study, one of Batsford’s excellent Folklore of the British Isles series. Light soiling to lower part of rear board, trivial soiling to edges of text block, internally clean and tight, very good in like (a couple of tiny chips to outer laminate layer, very slight fading to spine panel) d/w £8

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

F24C. Thompson, C.J, S, The Hand of Destiny, 1st edition, Rider 1932, 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 303pp including index, with illustrations in the text + a frontispiece and 6 plates; a popular study of the folklore of everyday life, including chapters on amulets and talismans, skulls and bones, curses and spells, the evil eye, witchcraft, animals and plants, etc. A few minor marks to cloth, edges of text block spotted, slightly affecting a few margins, text clean and tight, a near very good copy of the uncommon original issue £28

F28A. Wright, M.E.S, A Medley of Weather Lore, 1st edition, Horace G. Commin 1913, small Cr4to, green cloth with gilt titles to spine and front board, 144pp, edges uncut; a fascinating collection of folklore relating to the weather arranged from January to December; faint crease to cloth on rear board, very slight fading to cloth in places, minor spotting to a few margins, text clean and tight, a near very good copy of the uncommon first issue £18

F28B. Wright, M.E, Rustic Speech and Folklore, 1st edition, Humphrey Milford 1913, 8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine and front board, 20 + 342pp; an interesting study of English folklore including chapters on charms and medical lore, supernatural beings, divination, seasonal customs, and several on etymology, dialect and language; the merest hint of darkening to spine, minor rubbing to spine ends and corners, a few minor marks to cloth, browning to end papers, minor spots to edges of text block and the odd margin, text clean and tight, a very good copy £25