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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

F1AC, Baring Gould, S, Curious Myths of the Middle Ages, 1866, Rivingtons 1875, Cr8vo, green cloth with gilt titles to spine and illustrated front board, 10 + 660pp, with illustrations in the text + publisher’s catalogue; the complete first and second series of Gould’s collection of myths and legends together in one volume. Slight rubbing to spine ends, joints and corners, edges of text block darkened, faint vertical crease to prelims, some occasional minor spotting, mainly to margins, a couple of marginal notes by a previous owner together with a couple of related news clippings tipped in, inner hinges slightly strained, but overall still a just about good + tight and largely textually clean copy £12

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

F6A. Clodd, E, Tom Tit Tot: An Essay on Savage Philosophy in Folk-Tale, 1st edition, Duckworth & Co. 1898, Cr8vo, red cloth with gilt titles to spine and front board, top edge gilt, 10 + 249pp including index + 24pp publisher’s catalogue; the essay is mostly concerned with taboo, superstition, and magic in folk tradition. A few minor marks to boards, spine faded and dulled, spine ends and corners rubbed, end papers foxed, minor spotting to the odd margin, text clean and tight, still just about good + overall £10

F008WE. Eyre, K, Lancashire Legends, 1st edition, Dalesman Books 8vo pbk. 1974, 70pp, with illustrations in the text by Bruce Danz; an entertaining collection of legendary lore and associated sites; Covers rubbed at edges with some light creasing and a few minor marks, flat crease to lower corner of one leaf, light spotting to half title and a couple of other pages, text tight and still very clean, good + £2

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

F008AB. Fort, C, Lo! 1st British edition, Gollancz 1931, 8vo, orange cloth with black lettering to spine, 331pp, the third in the series of the author’s books detailing unexplained phenomena; light soiling to boards, faint ring mark to rear cover, spine slightly darkened and soiled, corners rubbed, ownership signature to front end paper, minor spotting to first and last few leaves, small splits to end papers at gutter but text tight and still very clean overall, a good + copy of the uncommon original issue £35

F008AC. Frazer, Sir J.G, Folk-Lore in the Old Testament, 1918, 1st edition, 3rd printing, Macmillan & Co. 1919, complete in 3 volumes, 8vo, matching green cloth with gilt titles to spines, 26 + 569, 24 + 571, & 20 + 566pp including index and advertisement leaf; a monumental comparitive study of near eastern religious traditions and elsewhere, focussed around the stories in the Old Testament of the Bible; spines a little faded with gilt dulled, a few faint scratch marks and spots to covers, ink spotting to top part of spines on volumes one and two, very faint soiling to edges of text blocks and end papers, text clean and tight, overall still a good + and internally better set of the unabridged original edition £75

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

F09. Graves, R & R. Patai, Hebrew Myths: The Book of Genesis, 1st edition, Cassell 1964, Large 8vo, pale blue cloth with gilt titles to spine, 311pp including index; a seminal study of the folklore and myth within the Biblical book of Genesis, with a couple of related news clippings laid in. Minor soiling to edges of text block, browning to front end paper, trivial spots to the odd margin, text clean and tight, a very good copy in good + (edges rather worn with some chipping, a couple of tape marks to lower edge, some creasing) d/w £10

F11C. Gwynn Jones, T, Welsh Folklore & Folk Custom, 1st edition, Methuen 1930, Cr8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine, 20 + 255pp + 8pp publisher’s catalogue; a reasonably comprehensive ‘scientific’ enquiry into Welsh folk tradition based on manuscript records, published material, and oral tradition. The author includes chapters on ghosts; fairies, magic, divination and witchcraft; giants, hags and monsters; gods and heroes, etc. Edges of text block spotted, off-setting to end papers, trivial spots to the odd margin, text clean and tight. This first issue is uncommon in the dust wrappers, a very good copy in near very good (spine panel very slightly darkened and chipped at top with some loss to top part of first word of title, small faint stain to rear panel. some light wear to top edge) d/w £45

F11CC.  Gwynn Jones, T, Welsh Folklore & Folk Custom, 1st edition, Methuen 1930, Cr8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine, 20 + 255pp + 8pp publisher’s catalogue; a reasonably comprehensive‘ scientific’ enquiry into Welsh folk tradition based on manuscript records, published material, and oral tradition. The author includes chapters on ghosts; fairies, magic, divination and witchcraft; giants, hags and monsters; gods and heroes, etc. Edges of text block spotted, off-setting to end papers, trivial spots to the odd margin, text clean and tight; this first issue is increasingly uncommon in the dust wrappers, a very good copy in like (spine panel very slightly darkened  with minor chipping to top not affecting text) d/w £50

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

F14. Hope Moncrieff, A.R, Classic Myth and Legend, Gresham, no date, c.1920, 8vo, full green pictorial cloth with gilt titles to spine, top edge stained green, 16 + 443pp including index + 40 b/w and 8 colour plates including frontispiece with tissue guard, engraved title; a classic popular account of Greek mythology. Corners rubbed, spine slightly darkened and lightly worn at ends, a couple of minor marks to cloth, some occasional light foxing, mainly to margins, text tight and largely clean overall, a near very good copy £8