TALES OF THE FAIRIES AND OF THE GHOST WORLD COLLECTED FROM ORAL TRADITION IN SOUTH-WEST MUNSTER. [London]: Published by David Nutt in the Strand, 1895. Octavo, pp. [i-v] vi-ix [x-xi] xii  2-198 [199-200: publisher's ads], original decorated green cloth, front panel stamped in lavender, spine panel stamped in gold, all edges untrimmed. First edition. Collects thirty folk tales gathered from the oral culture of Ireland and written down by Curtin, a noted ethnologist of his day (and a lively writer) who largely did for Ireland what the Grimm brothers did for Germany, aided by the fact that the period of the 1890s saw a renaissance in Irish letters. Curtin adds a short introduction to the collection, as does the publisher, who had a strong interest in this field. Much of Curtin's work is still in print today. The stories certainly qualify as literature; whether to call them fiction is a question that can be debated. Day, Supplemental Checklist of Fantastic Literature, p. 22 (citing the U.S. edition). Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978) or Reginald (1979; 1992). Old private owner's attractive book plate affixed to the front paste-down. Early gift inscription on the front free endpaper. Some tiny spots on spine panel and, to a lesser extent, on front panel, spine ends rubbed, a very good copy. (#147586).
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