1881 Scarce First US Edition - BRITISH GOBLINS, Welsh Folk-lore & Fairy Mythology by Wirt Sikes.
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Author: Wirt Sikes, T.H. Thomas (Illustrator).
Title: BRITISH GOBLINS: Welsh Folk-lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditions.
Publisher: Boston, James R. Osgood and company, 1881. First US Edition.
Language: Text in English.
Size: 9 " X 6 ".
Pages : xvi-412 pages.
Binding: Very good original decorated full cloth binding (hinges fine, overall slightly worn and scuffed - as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover. A rare find in any condition!
Content: Very good content (bright, tight and clean, some light foxing or staining - as shown).
Illustrations: Complete with the illustrations by T.H. Thomas.
Estimate: (USD 450 - USD 600)
The book: Scarce First American edition of British Goblins - British Goblins does a good job at its stated purpose - collecting and loosely categorizing Welsh Folklore of every category, ranging from the reasons behind certain customs and superstitions of daily life to descriptions and associated stories of various faeries, goblins, and giants, to descriptions of apparitions and the view of the afterlife, to more fantastic things, like dragons, standing stones, and magic wells and stones. Although a somewhat anecdotal approach is taken, the author has in fact preserved a good deal of information that might have otherwise been lost.
The author: William Wirt Sikes (November 23, 1836 – August 18, 1883) was an American journalist and writer, perhaps best known today for his writings on Welsh folklore and customs. In June 1876 Sikes was appointed U.S. Consul at Cardiff, Wales. Over the next few years Sikes produced a number of pieces on Welsh folklore, mythology, and customs, collected as British Goblins; Welsh Folk-Lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends, and Traditions (1880).
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