DANIEL O'ROURKE'S WONDERFUL VOYAGE TO THE MOON. ALSO, MASTER AND MAN; OR, THE ADVENTURES OF BILLY MAC DANIEL [cover title]. Thomas Crofton . Croker, compiler.

DANIEL O'ROURKE'S WONDERFUL VOYAGE TO THE MOON. ALSO, MASTER AND MAN; OR, THE ADVENTURES OF BILLY MAC DANIEL [cover title]. Glasgow: Printed for the Booksellers, n.d. [1840?]. Small octavo, pp. [1-3] 4-24, self wrappers, uncut, sewn. First separate edition. A chapbook collecting two stories from FAIRY LEGENDS AND TRADITIONS OF THE SOUTH OF IRELAND [part I] (1825), a collection of folklore compiled by T. C. Croker, "the first collection of oral legends ever assembled in the British Isles" (Loeber and Loeber C474). "Daniel O'Rourke," a tall tale in which a drunken Irishman is taken to the Moon by an eagle, is attributed to William Maginn and "Master and Man," a humorous supernatural story, is attributed to folklorist Thomas Keightley. Locke is wrong about "Master and Man:" it is a supernatural story about a thousand-year old "little man" who uses his magic powers to go on nightly drinking sprees by housebreaking through keyholes, accompanied by Billy, his enchanted man servant. "Master and Man" is a clever, traditional Irish folk tale. Locke, Voyages in Space (2011) V22. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 13. Removed from a pamphlet bind up, narrow dust stain along bottom edge of first leaf, else a fine copy. Rare. (#164412).

Price: $150.00

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