BOGIE TALES OF EAST ANGLIA. Ipswich: Pawsey and Hayes, Ancient House, 1891. Small octavo, pp. [i-v] vi vii] viii-ix [x-xii] [1] 2-135 [136: blank], publisher's (?) blue cloth with brown leather shelf back, spine panel lettered in gold and ruled in blind, white endpapers with floral pattern printed in orange. First edition. As noted by Rosemary Pardoe in the April 2017 issue of THE GHOSTS & SCHOLARS M. R. JAMES NEWSLETTER, M. H. James, the author of BOGIE TALES OF EAST ANGLIA, is Margaret Helen James (1859-1938), a first cousin of M. R. James and the compiler of the index to James' SUFFOLK AND NORFOLK: A PERAMBULATION OF THE TWO COUNTIES WITH NOTICES OF THEIR HISTORY AND THEIR ANCIENT BUILDINGS (1930). In the introduction to the 2017 critical edition of BOGIE TALES OF EAST ANGLIA published by St. Jurmin Press, scholar Francis Young writes, "BOGIE TALES was the first book dedicated to the folklore of Suffolk and Norfolk … collected by Margaret James herself and an unnamed male collaborator." A collection of twenty tales, only the first thirteen are examples of supernatural folklore. The remaining seven tales are reports of local eccentrics and tragedies from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The supernatural folktales are very short, often only three or four pages, and portions of them are told using exact quotations from the rural working-class individuals who shared these stories with James and her collaborator. The tales include incidents involving witches, shapeshifters, goblins, wraiths, and death fetches with titles such as "The Hateful Thing," "A Were-dog Story," "The Hell Hound," and "Treasure Ghosts." The significance of James’ work, according to Young, is that "BOGIE TALES OF EAST ANGLIA stands out as a folklore collection in which women’s voices are to the fore, including the voices of ordinary rural women. Tale 1 ('Lucky Chance') is told from the point of view of the witch of Loddon's daughter; many of James's informants were women, and James chose to tell the stories of two eccentric women alongside the three odd squires who feature in the volume (Tales 17 and 18, 'Miss Waterton' and 'Mary Broom.') COPAC (JISC) locates 5 copies in the UK, and OCLC locates three more outside the UK. Perhaps a presentation binding. "James Newton / Gunn" in ink on the front free endpaper. Leather rubbed, a good copy. A rare and neglected book. (#172106).

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