MOST IMPORTANT EARLY COLLECTIOJN OF IRISH FAIRY TALES (1826 - 1828)

CROKER, Thomas Crofton

Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland. [Part I] and Parts II and III

Published: London: John Murray: 1826-1828-1828

Date: 1826 - 1828

first edition (parts II and III) and second edition (part I) 3 vols. complete small 8vo. [2 (title)], (iii)-xiv, [2 (verse dedication), 326; xii, 326, [2]; xxxii, 300pp., 18 etched plates and numerous wood engravings by W. H. Brooke, very handsome contemporary half dark blue calf, spines panelled by gilt decorated raised bands, three panels gilt decorated with a large lyre tool inside a double fillet border, two panels direct gilt lettered gilt, marbled sides and endpapers with edges marbled to match, some foxing of the plates (mainly in in vol.1), else a fine fresh copy.

Provenance
ear contemporary owner's sgnature "F. L. Lloyd Philipps" and contemporary engraved bookplate with an armorial device and the initials "J. P."

Note
A beautiful copy of the most important early collection of Irish fairy tales collected from the living folk culture. They were translated into German and published by the brothers Grimm, and so alerted Europe to the strong survival in Ireland of pre-Christian beliefs. The last volume contains a translation of Grimm's essay on Irish Elves and some Welsh tales to parallel the Irish. The first volume had been first published in 1825 and is most commonly found with the later volumes in a 'second edition' as here. Frederick Lewis Lloyd-Phillips (b.1823) of Penty Park, Co. Pembrokeshire and Aberglasney, Carmarthenshire in Wales was a J. P. and an officer in the local militia. The bookplate is probably that of his father James Lloyd-Phillips (1762-1837) of Penty Park, an army colonel.

Illustrated
Etched plates and woodengravings

£950

Offered by P & B Rowan