AUSTRALIAN LEGENDARY TALES: FOLK-LORE OF THE NOONGAHBURRAHS AS TOLD TO THE PICCANINNIES. Collected by Mrs. K. Langloh Parker. With Introduction by Andrew Lang. London: David Nutt, 270-271, Strand. Melbourne: Melville, Mullen & Slade, 1897. Octavo, pp. [i-vii] viii [ix] x-xvi [1] 2-132 1-12: publisher's ads, twelve Illustrations by a "native artist" (now identified as Tommy Macrae) and a specimen of the native text, original pictorial pea green cloth stamped in black on front and spine panels, all edges untrimmed. Second edition. The first of author's four collections of Aboriginal tales which she collected in the late nineteenth century on her husband's station and recast as stories. An important book and a landmark in the transcription of aboriginal oral literature. "She is best known for recording the stories of the Aboriginal people around her. As their culture was in decline, because of pressure by European settlers, her testimony is one of the best accounts we have of the beliefs and stories of the Aboriginal people of North-West New South Wales at that time" (Wikipedia). Four page introduction by Andrew Lang who notes that "till Mrs. Langloh Parker wrote this book, we had but few of the stories which Australian natives tell by the camp-fire or in the gum-tree shade." Miller and Macatney (1956), p. 451. A bit of soiling to cloth, a very good, attractive copy. (#138924).

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