Book Description
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.
Dealer Notes
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
Date 1826-8
Binding Hardcover (Half Leather)
Publisher John Murray, London
Illustrator W. H. Brooke
Condition Very Good Condition
Pages xiv, 326; xii, 326; xxxii, 300

Price: £650.00

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