O’FAOLAIN, Eileen. Irish Sagas and Folk-Tales. Illustrated by Joan Kiddell-Monroe. Geoffrey Cumberlege, Oxford University Press: London, 1954.


First Edition. 8vo. ix. 245 pp.  Dust-jacket has 1 mm tear on top edge and a few wrinkles, otherwise in Very Good condition. Ex-libris bookplate for Douglass Dana, green cloth boards with gilt titling on spine, illustrated endpapers and throughout. Fine condition.


As stated on the dust-jacket flaps, this book is part of an Oxford series that includes folk-tales and legends from many countries, all of which are illustrated by Joan Kiddell-Monroe. “The Irish are always telling stories; for they have an unrivalled treasury of folklore to draw on, and they love to talk.  Sometimes their stories are not put down on paper without some of the light going out of them; but here…Eileen O’Faolain has preserved the authentic Irish voice. Her stories are the real thing.” Bookplate: Douglass Dana (name), William Morris of Kelmscott design on it, Alice and the white rabbit, shield for the Earl of Douglas (three stars with crowned heart), three portraits of (maybe) famous authors?, castle in the background.


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Irish Sagas and Folk-Tales


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