1881 Rare First US Edition - BRITISH GOBLINS : Welsh Folk-lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends & Traditions.
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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: Good original decorated full cloth binding (slightly worn and scuffed, cloth of spine worn - as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover.
Content: Very good content (bright, tight and clean, bookplate of Charles Finney Cox on the first endpaper with his name on title page - as shown). On November 1907, Charles Finney Cox (1846-1912) who was one of the incorporators of the New York Botanical Garden, sold a portion of his valuable library of books on magic and the occult through the Sotheby Wilkinson & Hodge auctioneers. This book was part of his library.
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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