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THE STORY OF GIOVANNI FIDELI:  AN ITALIAN FOLKTALE., Kirkland, Jessica.
101 Kirkland, Jessica. THE STORY OF GIOVANNI FIDELI: AN ITALIAN FOLKTALE.
Garden City, New York Doubleday 1971 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good - Good+ Alberto Longoni. 
Unpaginated (approx. 48 pp.), 8 3/8" H. Many full-page colour illustrations. "Giovanni Fideli was a young Italian who actually spent himself rich - in a very roundabout way that somehow managed to include pirates and a captive princess and a sultan. His father had sent him out into the world to learn how to make money. But he always ended up 'squandering' his capital on good deeds. Just when all sems lost, the good deeds start to pay off and Giovanni ends up with - well, all sorts of good things you'll find out about by reading the book." Two pages with small area of glue residue and light color loss in gutter, small bump at top/bottom of spine and at top corner of boards, very light edge wear. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, small chip at top of front flap-fold, small area of surface paper loss (sticker pull) on front panel, minor edge browning, one or two edge tears - some with creases, illustration colors are bright, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
KINGS, GODS & SPIRITS FROM AFRICAN MYTHOLOGY.  WORLD MYTHOLOGIES SERIES., Knappert, Jan.  Illustrations by Francesca Pelizzoli.
102 Knappert, Jan. Illustrations by Francesca Pelizzoli. KINGS, GODS & SPIRITS FROM AFRICAN MYTHOLOGY. WORLD MYTHOLOGIES SERIES.
Schocken, New York, (1986). 
92 pp, 4to (11" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0888945302 Beautifully and profusely illustrated in color and b&w. "....tells the myths and legends of the peoples of Africa....The stories in this book have been passed down for generations and are still told and retold today. They include tales of gods, spirits and ghosts; sagas about famous heroes, warriors and royal leaders; and fables about the animals which play such an important part in the everyday life of the countrysid e . " C o n t e nts: Africa and its people; In the beginning; Kings and kingdoms; The world of the spirits; Magic animals; Monsters and prodigies; Tales of the heroes; Fables from Africa; The saints of Islam; Symbols in the African myths and legend s; T he ma in s ou rc es; Index. Minor bump to top of front board, two very small areas of color loss at top of free front endpaper due to pencil erasure. Dust jacket has light wear at top of rear flap, very light wrinklle at top of spine. VG+ /VG + 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
SKY GODS:  THE SUN AND MOON IN ART AND MYTH., Komaroff, Katherine.
103 Komaroff, Katherine. SKY GODS: THE SUN AND MOON IN ART AND MYTH.
New York Universe Books 1974 0876631871 / 9780876631874 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good - Very Good- 
86 pp, 11 5/8" H. B&w and colour illustrations. "Ever since the beginning of time, man has wondered about the meaning and behavior of the sun and moon. He has carefully observed their cycles and realized their importance for his own survival. The close contact with nature that ancient man enjoyed made him more conscious of their presence, whether he lived in a place constantly warmed by the sun or in a bitter cold world where the sun seemed far away. Ancient men tried to explain the meaning of this mysterious phenomenon in stories closely related to their own lives and religious beliefs. The Hindu people of India thought that the sun was a red man with four arms in a golden chariot. For the Egyptians, the sun was a great watchful eye. The North American Indians said that the moon was a great ball of light tossed into the sky by a clever creature called Raven. The Eskimos believed that the moon was a powerful hunter who often stood in front of his igloo. These stories, called myths, are handed down from generation to generation, and celebrate the great mystery of life. They are loved because of their beauty and power and also for what they tell us about people of other cultures. In 'Sky Gods', myths from India, Egypt, Africa, Japan, China, the Eskimos, and the Indians of North and South America are lucidly retold and illustrated with stunning photographs of art and artifacts from the various cultures. There is a common message behind all these stories. Although the masks, paintings, statues, and other works of art also vary - some are relatively simple, others are highly sophisticated - yet they all contain clues to a deeper understanding of the beauty and mysteriousness of the universe." Two large diagonal creases on free rear endpaper, light stain along bottom edge of rear board, very small light stain on top edge of front board, one soft corner crease. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has light to moderate edge wear - mainly at top/bottom of spine, light rubbing and two light scuff lines on rear panel, small stain at inside bottom edge of rear panel, one small edge tear. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE GRATEFUL CRANE., Kuwata, Masakazu.  Translated by Eric Sackheim.  Introduction by Miyoko Matsutani.
104 Kuwata, Masakazu. Translated by Eric Sackheim. Introduction by Miyoko Matsutani. THE GRATEFUL CRANE.
Tokyo Kodansha International 1963 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good+ 
Unpaginated, 6 3/4" H. Beautifully illustrated in full color. " 'The Grateful Crane' ('Tsuru no Ongaeshi' in Japanese) is a tale which has been told all over Japan for many generations. It exists in many different versions, both popular and literary, depending on the geographical area in which it was told. There have been versions designed to please children, and others for the edification of adults. But the basic outline is always the same: the beautiful transformed crane repaying the old man for his kindness." Very small tear at top of inside front hinge, light browning to edges of textblock. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly along top edge, small chips at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, several closed tears - larger one archivally taped, light rubbing. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
THE FABLES OF AESOP.  TEXT BASED UPON LA FONTAINE AND CROXALL., La Fontaine / Croxall.  Illustrated by Joseph Eugene Dash.
105 La Fontaine / Croxall. Illustrated by Joseph Eugene Dash. THE FABLES OF AESOP. TEXT BASED UPON LA FONTAINE AND CROXALL.
Albert Whitman, Chicago, 1936, 4th printing. 
255 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover (red cloth with gold lettering on spine and front board, banding and picture paste-down on front board) - no dust jacket. Pictorial endpapers, profusely illustrated in color and monotone. A collection of ov er 100 fables. Previous owner's bordered stamp on front pastedown, soft crease down free front endpaper, publication date has been hand written in pen at bottom of title page, book slightly stressed at two places - pages holding firmly, l i g h t t o m o derate edge wear, fraying at top/bottom of spine and at corners, slight fading to spine color, tiny dint to top edge of boards and to fore-edge of front board, light rubbing and very light soiling to rear board, small area of shelf s oi li ng to b o tt om of textblock. Good+ 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
CICELY MARY BARKER AND HER ART., Laing, Jane.
106 Laing, Jane. CICELY MARY BARKER AND HER ART.
London Frederick Warne 1995 0723240515 / 9780723240518 3rd Printing Hard Cover Very Good+ Fine Cicely Mary Barker. 
128 pp, 10" H. Profusely illustrated in colour and b&w, with many reproductions of the flower fairies. "Cicely Mary Barker's Flower Fairies books, published in the first half of the century, are known and loved around the world. They were created by a quiet, unassuming and dedicated artist, who was nevertheless remarkably successful, spending her life illustrating many children's books and selling hundreds of watercolours and pastels." Contents: Introduction; Flower Fairy Paintings; Paintings of Children; Religious Works; List of Cicely Mary Barker's Books and Other Works; Acknowlegements; Index. Tiny scuff on rear board. 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
CICELY MARY BARKER AND HER ART., Laing, Jane.
107 Laing, Jane. CICELY MARY BARKER AND HER ART.
London Frederick Warne 1995 0723240515 / 9780723240518 3rd Printing Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ Cicely Mary Barker. 
128 pp, 10" H. Profusely illustrated in colour and b&w, with many reproductions of the flower fairies. "Cicely Mary Barker's Flower Fairies books, published in the first half of the century, are known and loved around the world. They were created by a quiet, unassuming and dedicated artist, who was nevertheless remarkably successful, spending her life illustrating many children's books and selling hundreds of watercolours and pastels." Contents: Introduction; Flower Fairy Paintings; Paintings of Children; Religious Works; List of Cicely Mary Barker's Books and Other Works; Acknowlegements; Index. Minor wear and minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor corner wear. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 37.50 USD
 
 
THE BUMBLE BEE PRINCE.  A JUNIOR PROGRAMS BOOK., Lancourt, Saul.  (Alexander Pushkin.)
108 Lancourt, Saul. (Alexander Pushkin.) THE BUMBLE BEE PRINCE. A JUNIOR PROGRAMS BOOK.
New York Garden City Publishing 1940 Hard Cover Very Good - Good+ Sheilah Beckett. 
Unpaginated (approx. 36 pp), 9 1/2" H. Pictorial endpapers, b&w and colour illustrations throughout, some musical notation. "This is a story of old Russia, when that faraway land was ruled by the jolly Tzar Saltan. It is the story of lovely young Militrissa who became the Tzar's bride and of Nastasia, her jealous sister, who plotted against her with their wicked nurse, Barbarischa. For a time their schemes were successful, and poor Militrissa and her little son, Prince Guidon, were tossed on the sea for many days and nights with only a barrel as their boat. How they were finally saved and how the young Prince was magically transformed into a bumble bee is all told in this exciting book. Based on an original poem by Alexander Pushkin, this bright, fanciful fairy tale has been brought joyously to life by the Junior Programs opera, 'The Bumble Bee Prince'. The opera, with its beautiful Rimsky-Korsakov music, is a favorite of children everywhere. This book follows its action closely and includes many of the principal musical themes." The first b&w illustration (the heading for Chapter One) has been fairly neatly colored in by a previous owner - all other illustrations are untouched. Light edge wear (light to moderate at corners), small bump to bottom corner of boards. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling, several small edge tears, small chips at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light to moderate soiling on rear panel, light browning to inside surface, old price stamped at top of rear flap, crease down spine, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
GREEN FAIRY BOOK., Lang, Andrew, collected by.  Edited by Brian Alderson.
109 Lang, Andrew, collected by. Edited by Brian Alderson. GREEN FAIRY BOOK.
London Kestrel 1978 0722652798 / 9780722652794 Revised Edition Hard Cover Very Good - Very Good- Antony Maitland 
408 pp, 9 7/16" H. Over 100 b&w drawings/decorations. "Fairy tales gathered from the folkore of Russia, Germany, Italy, France, China, Scotland, and England." Contents: Preface; The Story of Caliph Stork; The Half-chick; The Blue Bird; The Enchanted Watch; The Enchanted Ring; The Snuff-box; Princess Narcissus and the Princess Potentilla; Prince Featherhead and the Princess Celandine; Heart of Ice; The Story of the Three Little Pigs; The Golden Blackbird; The Old Flea-bag; The Little Soldier; The Enchanted Snake; The Biter Bit; King Kojata; Prince Fickle and Fair Helena; Puddocky; The Story of the Three Bears; Prince Vivien and the Princess Placida; The Golden Mermaid; The War of the Wolf and the Fox; The Three Musicians; The Three Dogs; Little One-eye, Little Two-eyes, and Little Three-eyes; Jorinde and Joringel; Allerleirauh or, The Many-furred Creature; The Twelve Horsemen; Spindle, Shuttle, and Needle; The Crystal Coffin; The Three Snake-leaves; The Riddle; The Golden Lads; The White Snake; The Tale of the Clever Little Tailor; The Story of the Fisherman and his Wife; Hans My Hedgehog; Appendix I: Andrew Lang's 1892 Preface; Appendix II: Andrew Lang's 1892 Retelling of 'The Three Little Pigs'; Notes. Bump at bottom corner of rear board, small bump at bottom corner of front board. Dust jacket has a few faint line indentations on rear panel, light edge wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, minor rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE HISTORY OF WHITTINGTON AND OTHER STORIES.  BASED ON TALES IN THE 'BLUE FAIRY BOOK'., Lang, Andrew, editor.
110 Lang, Andrew, editor. THE HISTORY OF WHITTINGTON AND OTHER STORIES. BASED ON TALES IN THE 'BLUE FAIRY BOOK'.
London Longmans, Green 1892 Hard Cover Good H.J. Ford and G.P. Jacomb Hood. 
160 pp, 7" H. Dark blue cloth with silver lettering on spine, silver lettering and decorations on front board, all edges silver. B&w illustrations. Contents: The History of (Dick) Whittington; The Goose-Girl; Trusty John; The Forty Thieves; The Master-Maid; Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. Light separation between page gatherings at pages 32 & 33 - pages still firmly held in binding, light toning to pages, Christmas gift inscription from 1893 on front free endpaper, remnants of a small label and small ink number on front pastedown, front inside hinge paper is split - hinge is holding firmly, small splits in paper of rear inside hinge, corners have very small bumps, moderate wear at top/bottom of spine and at corners, light edge wear to boards, small liquid stain on front board. 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
THE PENDGRAGON CYCLE.  5 VOLUME SET.  1. TALIESIN.  2. MERLIN.  3. ARTHUR.  4. PENDRAGON.  5. GRAIL., Lawhead, Stephen R.
111 Lawhead, Stephen R. THE PENDGRAGON CYCLE. 5 VOLUME SET. 1. TALIESIN. 2. MERLIN. 3. ARTHUR. 4. PENDRAGON. 5. GRAIL.
New York Avon Mass Market Paperbacks Very Good+ Cover art by Mike Posen, volumes 1-3, Eric Peterson, volumes 4 & 5. 
5 volumes - 6 7/8" H. A mixed set - the first three volumes have the first series cover art, the last two have the second series cover art. 1. Taliesin - 486 pp, 1990, 5th printing, ISBN 038070613X - "It was a time of legend, when the last shadows of the mighty Roman conqueror faded from the captured Isle of Britain. While, across the vast sea, bloody war shattered a peace that had flourished for two thousand years in the doomed kingdom of Atlantis. It is the remarkable adventure of Charis - the courageous princess from Atlantis who escapes the terrible devastation of her land - and of the fabled seer and druid prince Taliesin, singer at the dawn of the age. A story of an incomparable love that joins two astonishing worlds amid the fires of chaos, and spawns the miracles of Merlin - and Arthur the king!". 2. Merlin - 447 pp, 1990, 4th printing, ISBN 0380708892 - "He was born to greatness, the son of a druid bard and a princess of lost Atlantis. A trained warrior, blessed with the gifts of prophecy and song, he grew to manhood in a Britain abandoned by its Roman conquerors - a land ravaged by the brutual greed of petty chieftains and barbarian invaders. Respected, feared and hated by many, he was to have a higher destiny: to prepare the way for the momentous event that would unite the Island of the Mighty - the coming of Arthur Pendragon, Lord of the Kingdom of Summer." 3. Arthur - 446 pp, 1990, 2nd printing, ISBN 0380708906 - "They called him unfit to rule - a lowborn, callow boy, Uther's bastard. But his coming had been foretold in the songs of the bard Taliesin. He had learned powerful secrets at the knee of the mysical sage Merlin. He was Arthur, Pendragon of the Island of the Mighty - who would rise to legendary greatness in a Britain torn by violence, greed, and war - who would usher in a glorious reign of peace and prosperity - and who would fall at the treacherous hands of the one he loved more than life." 4. Pendragon - 436 pp, 1995, 4th printing, ISBN 0380717573 - "Arthur is King - but darkest evil has descended upon Britain's shores in many guises. Fragile alliances fray and tear, threatening all the noble liege has won with this wisdom and his blood. In this black time of plague and pestilence, Arthur's most trusted counselor Myrddin - the warrior, bard, and kingmaker whom legend will name Merlin - is himself to be tested on a mystical journey through his own extraordinary past. So Arthur must stand alone against a great and terrible adversary. For only thus can he truly win immortality - and the name he will treasure above all others: Pendragon." 5. Grail - 385 pp, 1998, 4th printing, ISBN 0380781042 - "Drought, plague, and war have left the Isle of the Mighty battered and its heart, the beloved Arthur, grievously injured - until a secret relic is brought before the dying King; a Holy Grail that heals his wounds and restores his vigor. But soon evil enters the royal court in the guise of a beautiful maiden; a soulless, malevolent force capable of seducing the King's loyal champion, confounding the sage whom some call Merlin, and carrying the sacred Grail - and Arthur's adored Queen - off into the dark unknown. And now Arthur faces the greatest challenge of his sovereignty: a quest of recovery that must lead the noble liege through realms of magic and the undead, on a trail that winds inexorably toward a grim confrontation with his most foul nemesis - and his destiny." Interiors - volume 1 has very light browning to page margins, all volumes are clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exteriors - volumes 1, 2 and 3 have light toning to edges of text blocks; volumes 2 & 3 have a tiny number stamped on bottom of text blocks; all volimes have minor edge wear; volume 4 has a few wrinkles and a small corner creases at the bottom of the front cover, light creases down spine and is very slightly cocked. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
HAENSEL AND GRETEL:  THE STORY OF HUMPERDINCK'S OPERA.  (HANSEL AND GRETEL.), Lawrence, Robert, adapted by.  (Engelbert Humperdinck.)
112 Lawrence, Robert, adapted by. (Engelbert Humperdinck.) HAENSEL AND GRETEL: THE STORY OF HUMPERDINCK'S OPERA. (HANSEL AND GRETEL.)
New York Grosset & Dunlap 1938 Hard Cover Very Good - Very Good - Mildred Boyle. 
40 pp, 9 1/2" H. Green patterned endpapers, colour and b&w illustrations, musical notation. "Based on a favorite nursery legend, 'Haensel and Gretel' with its delightfully refreshing, heart-gladdening music, is one of the most popular and best-loved of all operas. All the charm of simple wonder surrounds this tale of two children lost in the woods who come upon a little house whose walls and roof are made of cake and sweets and whose fence is made of gingerbread. Alas, the house is owned by a wicked witch who tries to bake Haensel in a large oven. The tale is delightfully told with simple text and colorful pictures and many of the lovely musical themes are included." "This edition authorized by the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Inc." *Please note: the music for the complete opera is not included, only selections.* Very light browning to margins of pages, edges of endpapers, and on inside hinges; light to moderate edge wear; light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light browning on inside, light edge wear and a few tiny edge tears/creases, very light rubbing, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
GREEN TEA AND OTHER GHOST STORIES., Le Fanu, J. Sheridan.  Foreword by August Derleth.
113 Le Fanu, J. Sheridan. Foreword by August Derleth. GREEN TEA AND OTHER GHOST STORIES.
Sauk City, Wisconsin Arkham House 1945 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good - No Jacket 
357 pp, 7 3/4" H. Black cloth with gilt lettering/decoration (faded) on spine. One of an edition of 2,000 copies. Contents: Foreword; Schalken the Painter; Squire Toby's Will; Green Tea; Wicked Captain Walshaw, of Wauling; Carmilla; The Sexton's Adventure; Madam Crowl's Ghost; Sir Dominick's Bargain; The Vision of Tom Chuff; Ultor De Lacy; Dickon the Devil; The House in Augier Street; Mr. Justice Harbottle; The Familiar. Small contemporary bookseller's label on rear pastedown - "The Holliday Bookshop 49E.49th St., New York". Very light browning to endpapers, minor toning to edges of pages, small label from bookstore on rear pastedown, two small creases at bottom corner of page leaf 287/288, light browning to edges of text block - tiny soiling mark on fore-edge, light wear and wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor edge wear to boards, minor rubbing on boards, small shallow dent on front board. Book is protected in a stiff mylar sleeve. 
Price: 125.00 USD
 
 
FAIRY TALES OF CHINA.  CONTAINING:  THE DRAGON KING / THE SACRED RICE / THE CHESS PLAYERS / THE WANDERING STAR., Lum, Peter.
114 Lum, Peter. FAIRY TALES OF CHINA. CONTAINING: THE DRAGON KING / THE SACRED RICE / THE CHESS PLAYERS / THE WANDERING STAR.
London Cassell 1959 Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket G.W. Miller. 
Unpaginated, 8 1/8" H. Pictorial boards & endpapers. Illustrated throughout in full colour. Contains four tales: The Dragon King; The Sacred Rice; The Chess Players and The Wandering Star. Slight lean to spine, glossy film missing on parts of spine and hinges 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
115 Lunge-Larsen, Lise. THE RACE OF THE BIRKEBEINERS. BASED ON THE ACCOUNT IN "HAKON HAKONSSON'S SAGA", PENNED IN 1264 BY STURLA TORDSSON.
Boston Houghton Mifflin 2001 0618103139 / 9780618103133 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good Mary Azarian. 
Unpaginated, 11 1/4" H. Beautifully illustrated in full color. "When they went into battle they wore no costly armor, just birchbark wrapped around their legs, and so they were called 'Birkebeiners', which means 'Birchleggers'. It is the year 1206, and deep in the snow-covered mountains and valleys of Norway, the fiercest warriors in the land struggle to ski a baby to safety. They race against the greed and inequity of the rich, against the very weather of Norway. They race as the only way to save a child prince and bring peace to their country. Here is an untold story of both bravery and tenderness. Mary Azarian's strong, sure woodcuts capture the warmth and ruggedness of medieval life, while Lise Lunge-Larsen's dramatic telling is direct and mesmerizing. Read this book on a dark winter's night, next to a roaring fire, and imagine the long, cold race of history's first famous skiers." A few tiny dints on bottom edge of boards. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has light edge wrinkling - mainly at top edge, small faint sticker mark on rear panel, minor rubbing. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND., Macdonald, George.
116 Macdonald, George. AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND.
Philadelphia J.B. Lippincott 1909 Later Printing Hard Cover Very Good - No Jacket Maria L. Kirk. 
352 pp, 8 1/8" H. Red cloth with black lettering on spine, gilt lettering and black illustration on front board, top edge brown. 12 colour plates (including frontispiece) - collated. B&w head- and tail-pieces. Orange & white pictorial endpapers. The North Wind is not pleased when a little boy, Diamond, tries to block the holes that let her into his hayloft bedroom - so they come to an agreement that sees her take him on adventures during the night. An allegorical tale of good & evil, poverty, ethics, life & death. Very small gift inscription on verso of free front endpaper, very light toning in margins of pages, very small crease at top edge of page leaf 119/120, light fading to spine colour, light edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spne, light browning on edges of text block - darker on top, scattered very light insect damage to edges of text block, two minor corner bumps, light loss of colour at fore-edge of rear board, two small liquid stains on front board, light soiling on boards. Book is protected in a stiff mylar sleeve. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
CONEJITO:  A FOLKTALE FROM PANAMA., MacDonald, Margaret Read.  Illustrated by Geraldo Valerio.
117 MacDonald, Margaret Read. Illustrated by Geraldo Valerio. CONEJITO: A FOLKTALE FROM PANAMA.
August House, Little Rock, Arkansas, 2006. 
Unpaginated, oblong (8 3/4" H x 11 1/4" D) hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0874837790 Illustrated in vivid colours. "When Conejito begins his school holiday, he goes to visit his Tia Monica across the mountain. He loves his Tia Monica - or is it the cakes and cookies he knows she will feed him when he arrives? But Conejito runs into a few obstacles on the way to his auntie's, including Senor Zorro, Senor Tigre, and Senor Leon. Conejito may want to eat Auntie Monica's treats, but M r . F o x , Mr. Tiger, and Mr. Lion want to eat him! With his own quick thinking and a little assistance from Tia Monica, Conejito outwits the bigger animals and makes his way safely home." Top of spine bumped. dust jacket has bump at top of sp in e. V er y Go od-/Very Good- 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE SHINING PYRAMID., Machen, Arthur.  (pseudonym of Arthur Llewelyn Jones.)  Introduction by Vincent Starrett.
118 Machen, Arthur. (pseudonym of Arthur Llewelyn Jones.) Introduction by Vincent Starrett. THE SHINING PYRAMID.
Chicago Covici-McGee 1923 Limited Edition Hard Cover Good+ Wallace Smith, one b&w plate. 
241 pp, 9 1/2" H. Black cloth with paper label bearing author's name on spine, gilt title and eye design on front board, top edge gilt. Peach and pink endpapers reproducing a pattern of stones and repeating the eye design from the front board. Number 482 in a limited edition of 875 copies. Following Starrett's Introduction is a b&w plate by Wallace Smith with spider web-patterned overlay. A book plate designed by Miguel Covarrubias for Donald S. Freidl (?) is affixed to the front pastedown. Contents: The Shining Pyramid; Out of the Earth; The Spagyric Quest of Beroaldus Cosmopolita; The Priest and the Barber; The Splendid Holiday; The Lost Club; A Wonderful Woman; In Convertendo; The Hidden Mystery; The Martyr; The Art of Dickens; Unconscious Magic; Happiness and Horror; Ars Artium; Realism and Symbol; Paganism; Education and the Uneducated; New Lamps for Old; Mandatum Novissimum; "Sad Happy Race"; The Capital Levy; Drake's Drum. Some loss of cloth at top of spine along with some fraying and tiny tears, tiny tears and wrinkling at bottom of spine, corners of boards are lightly bumped - transfers to some adjacent pages, many pages are unopened, light browning to fore-edge and bottom of text block, light edge wear, small faint liquid mark on front board, some small air bubbles under cloth at bottom edge of both boards, 2" x 1/4" browned paper tag on fore-edge of page leaf 107/108 with corresponding piece missing at fore-edge of page leaf 101/102 - caused when opening pages, a few varying size light scuff marks on rear board. 
Price: 95.00 USD
 
 
THE ISLES OF THE SEA., Maclean, Fitzroy.
119 Maclean, Fitzroy. THE ISLES OF THE SEA.
Collins, London, 1985, Ist ed. 
190 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8"), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 004356942 Illustrated with line drawings by John Springs. In the Highlands of Scotland, the Seanachie or Bard long occupied an honoured place in the household of every Clan Chief. The t ales they told were passed on from generation to generation. The author recounts some of his favourite tales from the Inner and Outer Hebrides and from his own homeland of Argyll, the coastland of the Gael. Two tiny corner bumps, light wrin k l i n g a t top/bottom of spine, tiny dint on bottom edge of rear board. minor edge wear. Dust jacket is lightly faded on spine and slightly on fore edges, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, two corner creases on front flap. V er y Go od / Ve ry Good- 
Price: 22.00 USD
 
 
THE SINGING SWANS AND OTHER STORIES., Marris, Ruth.  Illustrated by Miles Thistlethwaite.
120 Marris, Ruth. Illustrated by Miles Thistlethwaite. THE SINGING SWANS AND OTHER STORIES.
Heinemann, London, 1975, first edition. 
80 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w illustrations. "The three long stories from Ireland that make up this book all have the kind of magic that makes you hold your breath with anticipation - . The first and best-known story, 'The Singing Swans', is the tragic tale of the four children of one of the old Irish kings, who were turned into swans by their jealous stepmother and forced to wander over the land for nine hundred years. 'The Legend of Knockgrafton' is a tale of fairy mischief. Lusmore the hunchback happens to please the fairies and they take away his hump - but the disagreeable fellow who tries to copy him comes a cropper. 'The Sea-Maiden' is a story with many twists and turns, in which the young man Cathal undergoes strange adventures and has to kill a three-headed monster before he can win the princess. These are very old stories, but Ruth Marris tells them as if they were new, writing with such freshness and vividness that we can almost see the green hills in which they are set. Miles Thistlethwaite's (20) beautiful drawings add to the power of the stories." Small light waterstain at top edge of free front endpaper, two very small dints on rear board, wrinkling at bottom of spine, very light browning to edges of textblock. Dust jacket has two very small dints on rear panel, light edge wear/wrinkling, a few very tiny chips/tears, light rubbing, light waterstain at top of front flap. VG/VG 
Price: 22.50 USD
 
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