A matching set of the 'Fairy Legends' collected from the living traditions of Southern Ireland by the Irish antiquary & folklorist Thomas Croker (1798-1854) & bound in green half-leather with marbled boards. As is often the case with these sets part one is a second edition but parts two & three are firsts being published some three years after the first edition of part one. Preface to part 1 by Sir Walter Scott; Preface to part 2 by Croker mentions the translation into German of the work by the Brothers Grimm; & part 3 is prefaced by the author's dedication letter to Dr Wilhelm Grimm & also contains his translation of Grimm's essay on Irish & Scottish Elves followed by The Mabinogion and Fairy Legends of Wales collected by Croker from correspondents.
16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall; to the leather spines: four raised bands with gilt titles to black labels in a double fillet gilt border with gilt volume numbers to red labels in similar border; other three panels with blind-stamped Irish lyre or harp design within blind-stamped border stopped at corners with fleur de lis.; Marbled edges, faded; illustrated by 18 etched plates and numerous wood engravings by W. H. Brooke; Slight foxing front/rear pages, but body of book mostly clean and unfoxed; armorial book plate of Joseph Watson Overbury inside front covers all vols.
Author Croker, Thomas Crofton
Binding Hardcover (Half Leather)
Publisher John Murray, London
Illustrator W. H. Brooke
Condition Very Good Condition
Pages xiv, 326; xii, 326; xxxii, 300