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  • Tales of the Fairies and of the Ghost World Collected from Oral Tradition in South-West Munster by Curtin, Jeremiah
    Curtin, Jeremiah
    Tales of the Fairies and of the Ghost World Collected from Oral Tradition in South-West Munster

    First Edition

    Boston: Little, Brown and Co, 1895. ix, 198 pages plus ads. "If we were asked to designate by a single epithet most of the stories in this little volume, that epithet would be "weird." Within the compass of an equal number of pages we hardly know a collection of folklore. . . containing so many thoroughly uncanny stories."--Folk-Lore, vol. 6, 1895. "They are real fairy and ghost tales, a little mine of folklore and supernatural tradition. . . They show how vivid the belief of the people is yet, and will prove that fairies are not for all men personages of the past, but are as real for some persons as any other fact in life. . ."-- Review of Reviews, vol. 12, 1895. A remarkable and important collection of Irish fairy tales. ISBN: B00SZ43WMQ.

    First American edition (first printing, using the British sheets, with a cancel title and half-title page). Minor spotting to front cover, a bit of wear to the spine ends, else a nice copy. [JSP01]

    Book ID: 144691
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  • Experience du proverbe by Paulhan, Jean
    Paulhan, Jean
    Experience du proverbe

    First Edition

    Paris: (Soc. Gener. d'Imp. et Edit.), 1925. 67 pages. Reflections on French proverbs, here published hors commerce. It appeared in Paul Valery's magazine Commerce in Autumn 1925. Paulhan, a friend of Andre Breton and Paul Eluard, became the editor of the Nouvelle Revue Francaise in 1925 and oversaw it until the Second World War. ISBN: 281AIB1029438.

    First edition (first printing). A near fine copy in wrappers (paperback) with the publisher's original glassine. Inscribed by Paulhan to the French writer Francois de Roux. With the bookplate of proverb collector Victor de Guinzbourg.

    Book ID: 134364
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  • Hausa Tales and Traditions: An English Translation of Tatsuniyoyi Na Hausa Originally Compiled by Frank Edgar. Volume I by Edgar, Frank; translated and edited by Neil Skinner
    Edgar, Frank; translated and edited by Neil Skinner
    Hausa Tales and Traditions: An English Translation of Tatsuniyoyi Na Hausa Originally Compiled by Frank Edgar. Volume I

    First Edition

    (London): Frank Cass & Co. [later Routledge], 1969. 440 pages. The first English translation of the massive collection of Hausa folklore, history, and literary texts from Nigeria and surrounding parts of Africa. The first of three volumes. ISBN: 9780714617183.

    Volume I only. First edition (first printing). Near fine in a price-clipped, else near fine dust jacket. Clean inside. No highlighting or underlining.

    Book ID: 135355
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  • The American Mother Goose by Wood, Ray; illustrated by Ed Hargis; foreword by J. Frank Dobie
    Wood, Ray; illustrated by Ed Hargis; foreword by J. Frank Dobie
    The American Mother Goose

    First Edition

    (Beaumont, TX): (Greystone Press), (1938). [32] pages. 5 by 7 inches. A collection of folk nonsense rhymes, which Wood called "Peckerwood" verse. Each rhyme is illustrated by two drawings. Unexpectedly--based on the subject matter and the sources--only a couple of the rhymes are racist. To his discredit Dobie, in his short introduction, manages to make reference to "darkies" and he quotes only one rhyme, which also happened to be the only one that uses the N-word.

    An expanded edition of this book was published in hardcover by Lippincott in 1940. This first edition is uncommon, with just two holdings in OCLC. ISBN: 281AIB1041587.

    First edition (first printing). Wire staples rusted and the covers are grubby. However, the book is inscribed by Wood.

    Book ID: 209240
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  • Anthropological Report on the Ibo-Speaking Peoples of Nigeria. Part IV: Proverbs, Stories, Tones in Ibo by Thomas, Northcote W.
    Thomas, Northcote W.
    Anthropological Report on the Ibo-Speaking Peoples of Nigeria. Part IV: Proverbs, Stories, Tones in Ibo

    First Edition

    London: Harrison and Sons, 1914. 114 pages. Victor de Guinzbourg was a UN staff member and collectror of proverbs since childhood. ISBN: 281AIB1050098.

    First edition (first printing). A very good copy in brown cloth with bright gilt lettering on spine. minor edge and corner wear. 3 small stickers with letters/number at base of spine by prior owner. Bookplate of de Guinzbourg.

    Book ID: 266308
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  • Ethnology in Folklore by Gomme, George Laurence
    Gomme, George Laurence
    Ethnology in Folklore

    First Edition

    London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co, 1892. 200 pages. An exploration of Aryan folklore and the influence of earlier cultures. Gomme was an influential anthropologist in the 19th century, even if his ideas have not survived much into the 20th century. ISBN: 281AIB1024815.

    First edition (first printing). A very good hardcover copy; early gift inscription on the front free endpaper.

    Book ID: 109071
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  • Anthropological Report on the Ibo-Speaking Peoples of Nigeria. Part III: Proverbs, Narratives, Vocabularies and Grammar by Thomas, Northcote W.
    Thomas, Northcote W.
    Anthropological Report on the Ibo-Speaking Peoples of Nigeria. Part III: Proverbs, Narratives, Vocabularies and Grammar

    First Edition

    London: Harrison and Sons, 1913. 199 pages. Victor de Guinzbourg was a UN staff member and collectror of proverbs since childhood. ISBN: 281AIB1050097.

    First edition (first printing). A very good copy in brown cloth covers with bright gilt lettering on spine. Minor edge wear. 3 small stickers with letters/number at base of spine by prior owner. Bookplate of de Guinzbourg.

    Book ID: 266307
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  • Folktales Of Newfoundland: The Resilience of the Oral Tradition. Volume I by Halpert, Halbert and J. D. A. Widdowson
    Halpert, Halbert and J. D. A. Widdowson
    Folktales Of Newfoundland: The Resilience of the Oral Tradition. Volume I

    First Edition

    St. Johns, Newfoundland: Breakwater, 1996. 531 pages. ISBN: 9780815317364.

    First edition (first printing). Near fine copy in photographic illustrated paper over board and gray cloth covers with bright gilt lettering on spine. No dust jacket as issued.

    Book ID: 266722
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  • La sapienza del mondo ovvero dizionario universale dei proverbi di tutti i popoli [3 volumes] by Strafforello, Gustavo
    Strafforello, Gustavo
    La sapienza del mondo ovvero dizionario universale dei proverbi di tutti i popoli [3 volumes]

    First Edition

    Torino (Turin, Italy): Augusto Federico Negro, 1883. 606, 670, 782 pages. An Italian dictionary of proverbs from around the world. Organized by subject; the author includes sayings from about 100 different languages. ISBN: B00W2CAXTM.

    First edition (first printing). Rebound in modern cloth; pages untrimmed. Original wrappers not preserved. A large, heavy set.

    Book ID: 196195
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  • Folk-Lore of the Antilles, French and English, Part III by Parsons, Elsie Clews
    Parsons, Elsie Clews
    Folk-Lore of the Antilles, French and English, Part III

    First Edition

    New York: 1943. Memoirs of the American Folk-Lore Society Vol. XXVI Part III. xvi, 487 pages. Summarizes 404 tales, with bibliographical citations so readers can find the text in other books. Also includes sections on riddles and proverbs. The work was left unfinished when Parsons died in 1941. Uncommon. ISBN: B001PYZSWA.

    First edition (first printing). Bookplate else a near fine copy in the publisher's brown cloth binding. No dust jacket.

    Book ID: 138532
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  • Examples of Printed Folk-Lore Concerning East Riding of Yorkshire by Gutch, Mrs. E.
    Gutch, Mrs. E.
    Examples of Printed Folk-Lore Concerning East Riding of Yorkshire

    First Edition

    London: Published for the Folk-Lore Society by David Nutt, 1912. xvii, 235 pages. With sections on faeries, the evil eye, leechcraft, etc. County Folk-Lore series, volume VI. Printed Extracts No. VIII. ISBN: B000IU26U4.

    First edition (first printing). A near fine copy in the publisher's russet cloth binding. Previous owners's name on endpaper; bookplate on front pastedown. A nice copy.

    Book ID: 140964
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  • Pictures of the Past by Malazonia, Nodar
    Malazonia, Nodar
    Pictures of the Past

    (Tbilisi): (Merani), 1971. [24] pages. 8 by 8-1/2 inches. By the Georgian artist who designed Lari bankonotes. "The present works of the merited artist of the Georgian SSR Nodar V. Malasonia [sic] (born in 1929) reflect hard life of the Georgian people in the past. In the creating of these works the artist was inspired by the rich and highly social folklore" -- from the author bio on the last page. Text in Georgian. Illustrated in color. ISBN: 281AIB1037116.

    Very good in stapled wrappers (paperback). Spine worn.

    Book ID: 182663
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  • The King of Snakes and Other Folk-Lore Stories from Uganda by Baskerville, Rosetta (Mrs. George)
    Baskerville, Rosetta (Mrs. George)
    The King of Snakes and Other Folk-Lore Stories from Uganda

    First Edition

    London: Church Missionary Society, (1922). 88 pages. 31 stories are included. 4 illustarted plates. ISBN: 281AIB1045447.

    A very good copy in green illustrated cloth with some tanning to spine and mild edge wear. No dust jacket.

    Book ID: 237124
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  • Muhlmeister, Karl (illustrator)
    Rubezahl: Dem Deutschen Folke erzahlt von Mufaus

    Stuttgart: K. Thienemanns, (n.d. but 1925). 88 pages. 7-1/2 by 9-1/2 inches. Folklore tale of a mountain spirit. Text in German. Illustrated with two color plates and 14 images printed in black ink. First published in the 1780s by the German author and collctor of folktales, Johann Karl August Musaus. ISBN: 281AIB1048953.

    A very good copy in a dust jacket with tears to the spine folds and a 2-inch stain on the spine edge of the cover.

    Book ID: 264343
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  • Paul Bunyan: A Legendary Hero of the North Woods by Alvord, Thomas G. Jr.
    Alvord, Thomas G. Jr.
    Paul Bunyan: A Legendary Hero of the North Woods

    First Edition

    New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1935. 111 pages. Stories about Paul Bunyan told in rhymes. Illustrated with the author's drawings. ISBN: B0013JVYO8.

    First edition (first printing). A very good copy in a very good dust jacket. Uncommon in the jacket.

    Book ID: 204265
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  • MacKaye, Percy
    Tall Tales of the Kentucky Mountains

    First Edition

    New York: George H. Doran Company, (1926). 185 pages. Illustrated in black-and-white and with a color frontispiece. Kentucky Folklore. ISBN: B000858OX2.

    First edition (first printing with oval GHB symbol on copyright page). A very good copy in a very good dust jacket. A gift inscription on half-title page.

    Book ID: 224400
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  • Macedonian Folklore by Abbott, G. F.
    Abbott, G. F.
    Macedonian Folklore

    Chicago: Argonaut, 1969. Institute for Balkan Studies Publications, no. 110. xii, 372 pages. A reprint of the 1903 original, a pioneering work on the subject based on field work Abbott conducted in 1900-1901. Most examples presented in the original and in English translation. ISBN: B0006BRTO8.

    A very good hardcover copy; no dust jacket, perhaps as issued. Clean inside.

    Book ID: 139461
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  • Modern Arabic Storie, Ballads, Proverbs and Idioms. Part I by Green, A. O. (collector and transliterator)
    Green, A. O. (collector and transliterator)
    Modern Arabic Storie, Ballads, Proverbs and Idioms. Part I

    First Edition

    Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1909. 115 pages. ISBN: 281AIB1050100.

    First edition (first printing). Near fine copy in red cloth covers with bright gilt lettering, insignia and ruling on spine. Minor edge wear. No dust jacket. Bookplate of Victor de Guinzbourg, UN staff member and collector of proverbs since childhood.

    Book ID: 266310
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  • Fairy Tale of the Natchez Trace by Welty, Eudora
    Welty, Eudora
    Fairy Tale of the Natchez Trace

    First Edition

    Jackson: 1975. 27 pages. A Paper Read at the Annual Dinner Meeting of the Mississippi Historical Society, Jackson, Mississippi, March 7, 1975. One of 1000 copies. ISBN: B006M6354Y.

    First edition (first printing). Near fine in a near fine clear wrapper. Spine is slightly faded.

    Book ID: 263563
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  • Folk Literature of the Ge Indians. Volume Two (UCLA Latin American Studies) by Wilbert, Johannes and Karin Simoneau (editors)
    Wilbert, Johannes and Karin Simoneau (editors)
    Folk Literature of the Ge Indians. Volume Two (UCLA Latin American Studies)

    First Edition

    University of California, Los Angeles, 1984. 684 pages. ISBN: 9780879030582.

    First edition (first printing). Near fine copy in cloth covers with black lettering on front cover and spine. In very good dust jacket with edge and corner wear, small closed edge tears and mild surface scuffs.

    Book ID: 266719
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