FOLKLORE

[ Macleod Yearsley and the Thinker's Library. ] Copy of Yearsley's book 'The Folklore of Fairy-Tale' with extensive autograph emendations (two notes initialled 'M. Y.') and two proof specimens for intended republication in the Thinker's Library.

Author: 
Macleod Yearsley [ Percival Macleod Yearsley ] (1867-1951), surgeon, author, folklorist and eugenicist [ The Thinker's Library, published by Watts & Co. for the Rationalist Press Association, London ]
Publication details: 
Book: London: Watts & Co., Johnson's Court, Fleet Street, E.C.4. 1924. Specimen proofs by Richard Clay & Sons, Bungay, Suffolk: June and July 1936.
£280.00

The item provides an interesting insight into the editing process of the Thinker's Library, 140 volumes of which Watts & Co. published for the Rationalist Association between 1929 and 1951. The book is xiii + 240pp., 8vo, in red cloth binding, gilt. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight wear to one corner. A couple of leaves have been neatly torn out, evidently in the process of revision. Stamp of the Rationalist Press Association Ltd on reverse of title.

[ Sir G. W. Dasent, folklorist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('G. W. Dasent'), asking 'Herbert' [ Sir Robert Herbert ] to 'take notice of the new comers' to his neighbourhood, the Tomkinsons of Chesterford Hall.

Author: 
Sir G. W. Dasent [ Sir George Webbe Dasent ] (1817-1896), folklorist, professor at King's College London, and contributor to The Times [ Sir Robert Herbert (1831-1905), Premier of Queensland ]
Publication details: 
On embossed letterhead of the Civil Service Commission, Westminster. 31 July 1889.
£45.00

3pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. The letter begins: 'Some friends of mine, & special friends of my daughter, have taken Chesterford Hall for a term their name is Tomkinson, & both husband & wife come from old Cheshire families'. As Chesterford Hall is close to Herbert's 'abode at Ickleton', he asks him to 'take notice of the new comers who are both very agreeable people'. He is writing to him at the Colonial Office, 'because I know that Meade is going off to the Dolomite Country, & I conclude that you will not both be away together'.

[ W. J. Thoms, founder of 'Notes and Queries'. ] Eight Autograph Letters Signed (all 'William J Thoms') to Doyne Bell, Permanent Secretary to the Privy Purse, on antiquarian matters, including a proof prospectus for the Folk-Lore Soc

Author: 
W. J. Thoms [ William John Thoms ] (1803-1885), antiquary, founder of 'Notes and Queries' [ Doyne Courtenay Bell (1831-1888), Permanent Secretary to the Privy Purse; Folk-Lore Society [ Folklore ] ]
Publication details: 
Seven from 40 St George's Square, SW [ London ]; one on House of Lords letterhead. Between 5 June 1876 and 10 October 1878.
£320.00

The eight letters total 18pp. of text, and are accompanied by a printed proof prospectus for the Folk-Lore Society, and a newspaper cutting relating to the Church of St Margaret, Westminster (which Thoms avows as his own, describing it as 'my Jeremiahade on the desecrators of Van Dun'), laid down on a leaf of House of Lords letterhead. All items in good condition, lightly-aged. The prospectus, of which no other copy has been traced, accompanies a letter of 4 January 1878, in which Thoms writes: 'I blush with shame at the proof I enclose that I am getting into my dotage.

[ William John Thoms, antiquary. ] Autograph Signature ('William J. Thoms.').

Author: 
William J. Thoms [ William John Thoms ] (1803-1885), English antiquary, founder and editor of 'Notes and Queries', and coiner of the word 'folklore'
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£20.00

On 1 x 5.5 cm. slip of paper. In good condition, with light signs of age. Presumably cut from a letter in response to a request for an autograph.

[ James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, Shakespeare scholar and folklorist. ] Autograph Signature ('J O Halliwell').

Author: 
James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps [ born James Orchard Halliwell; J. O. Halliwell-Phillipps ] (1820-1889), English Shakespeare scholar and folklorist
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated, but before his name change in 1872.
£23.00

On 1.5 x 5.5 cm. slip of paper. In fair condition, with light signs of age. Presumably cut from a letter in response to a request for an autograph.

[Frederick York Powell, historian and folklorist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Frck York Powell') to an unnamed recipient, regarding Samuel Laing's 'Sea Kings of Norway', a 'final settlement of terms' and 'complete program of work'

Author: 
Frederick York Powell (1850-1904), Regius Professor of Modern History at the University of Oxford
Publication details: 
Christ Church, Oxford, on cancelled letterhead of the Reading School. 7 July 1888.
£38.00

1p., 12mo. In very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Headed: 're Laing's Sea Kings of Norway'. In an attractive and distinctive hand, he writes: 'Dear Sir / I am quit of my Examn. work at Oxford and propose to call on you with reference to final settlement of terms on Friday morning next. I shall bring with me complete program of work etc | I am yours faithfully | Frck York Powell'.

[James Edward Nightingale of the Mount, Wilton, English antiquary.] Autograph paper 'On some ancient Customs connected with Salisbury being an address delivered in the Salisbury, South Wilts & Blackmore Museum'.

Author: 
James Edward Nightingale (1817-1892), FSA, of the Mount, Wilton, Salisbury, Wiltshire
Publication details: 
[Wilton, Salisbury, Wiltshire.] Undated.
£220.00

21pp., 4to. On 21 leaves held together with a brass stud. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-worn paper. Neatly written out with a few autograph emendations. Nightingale begins: 'I have been asked to make some observations this evening on the contents of the mediaeval part of this museum. The objects are however so multifarious that it would be impossible to do more than glance at the whole. I will therefore confine myself to two or three subjects connected with the habits and customs of our forefathers, and which can be illustrated by actual examples now in the museum.

[Printed Play] The Garrulous Lady

Author: 
K.M. Briggs [Katharine Mary Briggs] Folklorist.
Publication details: 
The Golden Vista Press, Fetter House, Fetter Lane, London, EC4, 1931.
£120.00

29pp., 16mo, paper wraps (covered in tissue), very good condition. Three copies on COPAC (copyright libraries) and three on WorldCat (USA). Scarce.

[Printed booklet by K. M. Briggs.] Stories Arranged for Mime | By K. M. Briggs | Number 1 | The Golden Goose

Author: 
K. M. Briggs [Katharine Mary Briggs] (1898-1980), English folklorist, author of the Dictionary of English Folk-Tales [Capricornus press, Dunkeld, Perthshire]
Publication details: 
Made and printed in Great Britain by Capricornus, Dunkeld, Perthshire. [No date.]
£65.00

[16]pp., 12mo. Stapled. In green printed wraps with illustration on cover. In very good condition, very lightly-aged with slight rusting to the two staples. The thirteen Capricornus items on COPAC indicate that the press was connected with K. M. Briggs, or at least with her family, who had moved to Perthshire with their father in 1911. Uncommon. Copac lists sets of the three volumes in the series at the British Library, National Library of Scotland and Oxford, and a single copy of this number at the National Library of Wales. Copies listed only at Trinity Dublin and Toronto.

[Album of black and white photographs.] Souvenir de Bretagne. Les Noces en Cornouailles. Étude des différents costumes de Fête.

Author: 
[Victorian photographs of folk costume of Brittany; Cornish weddings; customs]
Publication details: 
'Villard Photographe - Editeur | Quimper | Dépôt G. Le Bras, Libraire. Heliotype E. La Deley, Paris.' Undated [late nineteenth century].
£220.00

The album is landscape, 13 x 19 cm. Internally clean on lightly-aged paper, stapled into worn and spotted printed covers. It contains 26 photographs (10 full-page and 16 half-page), on 18 leaves separated by tissue guards, a mixture of indoor and outdoor scenes, and some posed. Images include: 'Les Mariages de Plougastel-Daoulas. - Le Défile des Mariés'; 'La Gavotte Bretonne'; 'DOUARNENEZ. - Toilette de la Mariée'; Arrivée du Cortege au Bourg'; 'Le Repas de Noces.

[Printed booklet by K. M. Briggs.] Stories Arranged for Mime | By K. M. Briggs | Number 2 | Whuppity Stoorie'

Author: 
K. M. Briggs [Katharine Mary Briggs] (1898-1980), English folklorist, author of the Dictionary of English Folk-Tales [Capricornus press, Dunkeld, Perthshire]
Publication details: 
Made and printed in Great Britain by Capricornus, Dunkeld, Perthshire. [No date.]
£35.00

[16]pp., 12mo. Stapled. In green printed wraps with illustration on cover. In very good condition, very lightly-aged with slight rusting to the two staples. The thirteen Capricornus items on COPAC indicate that the press was connected with K. M. Briggs, or at least with her family, who had moved to Perthshire with their father in 1911. Uncommon. Copac lists sets of the three volumes in the series at the British Library, National Library of Scotland and Oxford, and a single copy of this number at the National Library of Wales.

[Printed booklet by Elspeth Briggs, sister of the folklorist K. M. Briggs.] The Constant Gardener | A Play in One Act | By Elspeth Briggs'.

Author: 
Elspeth Briggs, sister of the folklorist K. M. Briggs [Katharine Mary Briggs] [Capricornus press, Dunkeld, Perthshire]
Publication details: 
Capricornus, Dunkeld, Perthshire. No date.
£35.00

36pp., 12mo. In cream printed wraps with illustration on the front cover. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper with slight spotting to covers. The thirteen Capricornus items on COPAC indicate that the press was connected with K. M. Briggs, or at least with her family, who had moved to Perthshire with their father in 1911. Uncommon. Copies on COPAC at the British Library, National Library of Scotland, Oxford and Trinity College Dublin.

Ornate engraved invitation from the Lord Provost and Corporation of the City of Glasgow to 'Mr. & Miss Munro-Fraser', inviting them to 'a Highland Reception to meet the Members of An Comunn Gaidhealach' in the City Chambers on 30 October 1907.

Author: 
[The Lord Provost and Corporation of the City of Glasgow; An Comunn Gàidhealach, the oldest Gaelic Language organisation, founded in Oban in 1891; Marjory Kennedy-Fraser ( 1857-1930)]
Publication details: 
City Chambers, Glasgow, October 1907.
£28.00

Printed in grey half-tone on one side of a piece of 13 x 20.5 card. In fair condition: aged and a little grubby. With Gaelic-style lettering and design, with vignette engraving of Bishop's Castle in top right-hand corner. The words 'Mr & Miss Munro-Fraser' neatly added in manuscript. From the papers of the Hebridean folklorist Marjory Kennedy-Fraser and her daughter Patuffa.

Autograph Letter Signed ('E Cobham Brewer') from Rev. Ebenezer Cobham Brewer, author of 'Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable', to 'My dear Ethel', concerning a coincidence regarding a paper knife, and his liking for 'promptness'.

Author: 
Rev. Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1810-1897), lexicographer, best-known for the reference work 'Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable' (from 1870 onwards)
Publication details: 
Edwinstowe, Newark, Nottinghamshire. 15 April 1890.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. 24 lines. On the rectos of two leaves of a bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with neat thin strips of paper from mount adhering at head and tail of second page. He begins by acknowledging the safe receipt of the paper knife, and thanking her 'for the kindness & promptness of carrying out my wish. I certainly thought the article could not be entirely strange that it could not be discovered in six weeks'.

Autograph Note Signed ('A Lang') from the Scottish writer Andrew Lang to an unnamed male recipient.

Author: 
Andrew Lang (1844-1912), Scottish author and folklorist
Andrew Lang (1844-1912), Scottish author and folklorist
Publication details: 
25 January [no year]; St Andrews.
£28.00
Andrew Lang (1844-1912), Scottish author and folklorist

12mo, 1 p. Fair, on aged paper. On the recto of the first leaf of a bifolium, with a cutting carrying a photographic portrait of 'Mr. Andrew Lang' tipped-in at right-angles below the text. The verso of the blank second leaf of the bifolium is tipped-in onto a larger piece of paper removed from an album, onto which a magazine cutting carrying a reproduction of a drawing of Lang is laid down, captioned 'Andrew Lang writes on The Progress of Literature in the Nineteenth Century'. Lang writes that he 'never received' his correspondent's 'paper on the drama: your Letter arrived, but no M.S.'

Chapbook entitled 'The History of the Earl of Derwentwater Containing His Life, Trial, Sentence, & Execution, Also A Copy of Pathetic Verses ['Lines on the Fate of Lord Derwentwater'].'

Author: 
William Reay Walker, Newcastle printer [James Ratcliffe, Earl of Derwentwater; Charles Lolley; chapbooks]
Publication details: 
No date [c.1862]. 'Newcastle-on-Tyne: Wm. R. Walker, Printer, Arcade.'
£120.00

12mo (roughly 16.5 x 9.5 cm): 24 pp. Good, on aged paper, with slightly dogeared corners. No stitching or stapling binding the leaves together. An attractive production, more sophisticated than is usual with a chapbook. Crisply printed in small type. Title enclosed within a decorative border and containing vignette of the royal coat of arms. Headed, in a small neat contemporary hand, 'Purchased at Whitby. | 30 Aug 1862'. The poem 'Lines on the Fate of Lord Derwentwater' (pp.18-19, 24 lines in six stanzas) begins 'How mournful feeble Nature's tone, | When Dilston Hall appears;'.

Cnuasachd bheag amhrán. Le haghaidh aos óg na Gaedhilge d'foghluim ins na sgoileannaibh. An t'Athair Pádraig Breathnach do chruinnigh. [Cuid a tri.]

Author: 
Pádraig Breathnach [Father Patrick Walsh (c.1885-1927), Irish cleric, republican and folklorist]
Publication details: 
Dublin: Muinntir Bhrúin & Nualláin do chlódh-bhuail. [circa 1920?]
£120.00

16mo (15 x 12 cm), 32 pp. Stapled pamphlet, in original green printed wraps. Text complete and clear, on aged and dogeared paper. Wraps worn and stained. Part three only of an annotated collection of ballads. Six-page English glossary at rear. Scarce: the National Library of Ireland only appears to have Part Five, and the only record on COPAC is of Parts One and Three at Trinity College, Dublin.

Autograph presentation to John Franklin, Junior, on title leaf of the second edition of his 'Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland'.

Author: 
Thomas Crofton Croker (1798-1854), Irish writer and antiquary [Ireland; antiquarian; folk, fairy tales; folklore]
Publication details: 
Title leaf: London. John Murray. 1824.
£35.00

Dimensions of leaf roughly 16 x 10 cm. The removed title leaf of a book: aged, foxed, and with chipping and short closed tears to the edges. The inscription reads 'John Franklin Junr. | from The Author.'

Autograph Note in his hand (NOT signed). "Alexander Ross", written top right above the note, appears to be the addressee.

Author: 
Joseph Ritson.
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£185.00

Antiquary (DNB). Piece of paper, c. 4 x 4", discoloured byt text clear, bottom edge rough from tearing. Text: See another song by this author in Johnson's 'Scots Musical Museum'. If 'The Rock and the wee pickle tour' were written before the publication of Ramsay's 'Tea-table miscellany' (1724), there being a song to the tune in that book, the author must have been a great age in 1768. / Those poems are in the broad Buchan dialect." This is followed by the note "The above is in the hand-writing of Joseph Ritson.", an attribution confirmed by comparison with known examples in the BL.

Physical harm, sickness, and death by conjury | a survey of the sorcerer's evil art in America.

Author: 
Wayland D. Hand
Publication details: 
Offprint: 'Acta Etnographica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae, Tomus 19, pp. 169-177 (1970)'.
£35.00

Hand (1907-86), an authority on American folklore, was Professor of Germanic Languages and Folklore at the University of California, Los Angeles. 9 pages (paginated as stated), octavo. In very good condition in light-blue printed card wraps. Minor spotting and discoloration. A 'survey, essentially, of the physical harm wrought by conjurers, [...] a discussion of sickness and disease, and other categories of physical impairment, and [...] a consideration of the nature of the magic employed, and the various circumstances and conditions under which it is carried out'.

Autograph Letter Signed to H.C. Bowen, American publisher and editor.

Author: 
Edward Clodd
Publication details: 
Tufnell Park, 6 June1878.
£45.00

Banker and writer (1840-1930). 2pp., 8vo, good. He is asking friends to his home for “chat and supper”, including Bowen.He gives minute directions how to get to his house in Tufnell Park.

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