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A TREASURY OF AFRO-AMERICAN FOLKLORE:  THE ORAL LITERTURE, TRADITIONS, RECOLLECTIONS, LEGENDS, TALES, SONGS, RELIGIOUS BELIEFS, CUSTOMS, SAYINGS, AND HUMOR OF PEOPLES OF AFRICAN DESCENT IN THE AMERICAS., Courlander, Harold.
1 Courlander, Harold. A TREASURY OF AFRO-AMERICAN FOLKLORE: THE ORAL LITERTURE, TRADITIONS, RECOLLECTIONS, LEGENDS, TALES, SONGS, RELIGIOUS BELIEFS, CUSTOMS, SAYINGS, AND HUMOR OF PEOPLES OF AFRICAN DESCENT IN THE AMERICAS.
New York SMITHMARK 1996 0765197332 / 9780765197337 Hard Cover Very Good Near Fine Enrico Arno. 
618 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w decorations by Enrico Arno, b&w photographs, musical notations. "(A) notable milestone in the collection and presentation of oral literature and traditions from black communities in the Western Hemisphere. It demonstrates the powerful cultural influence of Africa on this side of the Atlantic. (I)ncludes a wide array of orally transmitted traditions of the numerous, sometimes disparate, African-American cultures of the New World. Among these traditions are tales of scoundrels, heroes, rollicking adventures, friendship, and much more: songs, myths, myth-legends, epic-like narrations, and recollections of historical happenings. There are descriptions of cult life, around which many traditions and beliefs flow; of music and dance, which have an integral connection with traditional ways; and of the social scene in places where Africans and Europeans, or white and black ideas intermingled and became Afro-American. (This book) perceives the interconnections of cultural inheritances throughout the Afro-American region and the local divergences as well. Early sections of the book survey the traditions and oral literature of Spanish, French, and English-speaking islands of the Caribbean, and of areas of Central and South America inhabited by people of African descent. There follows an extensive section devoted to the tales, beliefs, recollections, songs, religious epics, and a wide variety of oral creations of blacks in the United States. The Appendixes include a number of African stories and descriptions that point up the impact of African traditions on the cultures of Afro-America. Very light browning to edges of text block, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
INTO THE GREEN., de Lint, Charles.  (Delint.)
2 de Lint, Charles. (Delint.) INTO THE GREEN.
New York TOR 1993 0312080875 / 9780312080877 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good- Very Good- John Howe, jacket art. 
254 pp, 8 1/2" H.. "The harp was a gift from Jacky Lantern's fey kin, as was the music Angharad pulled from its strings. She used it in her journeys through the kingdoms of the Green Isles, to wake the Summerblood where it lay sleeping in folk who had never known they were witches. This was the way the Middle Kingdom survived - by being remembered, by its small magics being served, by the interchange of wisdom and gossip between man and those he shared the world with - the birds, the bests, the hills, the trees. Harping, she knew, was one third of a bard's spells. Harping and poetry, and the road that led into the green - ." Slight lean to spine, bump at top of spine, minor bump at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has crease down the top half of the spine, a few small edge tears and creases, some wear at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, two very small dents on front hinge, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
3 de Lint, Charles. (Delint.) THE HARP OF THE GREY ROSE. THE LEGEND OF CERIN SONGWEAVER.
New York Avon 1991 0380762021 / 9780380762026 Avon First Printing. Mass Market Paperback Very Good Darrell Sweet cover art. 
230 pp, 6 7/8" H. "(H)e was Cerin of Wran Cheaping - orphaned youth of seventeen years raised by a wildland witch. (I)n the light of the Mead Moon, he encountered the maid of the Grey Rose - the lone survivior of the war that devastated the Trembling Lands and promised bride of Yarac Stone-slayer, the feared and terrible Waster." Interior - pages browning very lightly, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor to light edge wear, small bump to bottom of spine, spine is flat and uncreased. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE AQUATIC EXPLORERS:  A HISTORY OF THE FISHERIES RESEARCH BOARD OF CANADA., Johnstone, Kenneth.
4 Johnstone, Kenneth. THE AQUATIC EXPLORERS: A HISTORY OF THE FISHERIES RESEARCH BOARD OF CANADA.
Toronto University of Toronto Press 1977 0802022707 / 9780802022707 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good 
342 pp, 10 1/2" H. B&w photographs. "In 1898 a group of scientists, working without pay, often under hazardous conditions with only the most primitive equipment, began a systematic study of the fishes of Canada's inland and marine waters. The team operated under the aegis of a board of management which was later to evolve into the Fisheries Research Board, a scientific organization that has placed Candada among the world's leaders in fishery knowledge. This history of the Fisheries Research Board examines the aims and achievements of its research, its attempts to deal with the often conflicting demands of pure and applied science, and its confrontations with a frequently uncomprehending and dissatisfied government. The people who shaped and sustained the organization figure prominently in the account. In-depth taped interviews with senior members and employees, as well as the Annual Reports and other publications of the Department of Fisheries, have enabled (the author) to produce a rich history of a remarkable scientific organization." Very light wear at top/bottom of spine and at corners. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
MABON AND THE MYSTERIES OF BRITAIN:  AN EXPLORATION OF THE MABINOGION., Matthews, Caitlin.
5 Matthews, Caitlin. MABON AND THE MYSTERIES OF BRITAIN: AN EXPLORATION OF THE MABINOGION.
London Arkana 1987 1850630526 / 9781850630524 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good Chesca Potter. 
205 pp, small 8vo (7 3/4" H). B&w illustrations. "On one level (this) is a literary guide and deals with the mythological patterns which underlie the Mabinogion. On another, it is a deep exploration of the Western Mysteries as they emerge from the tales of the Four Branches, of Colhwch and Olwen and Taliesin. Within these stories lie the identities of two major figures of the native tradition: Mabon, the Wondrous Youth who is lost and found, and Modron, his mother, the Great Goddess herself. Here the initiatory pattern of Britain's inner guardians is revealed in the Succession of the Pendragons; the release of Mabon is affected with the help of the Totem Beasts, before the birth of time; while the cosmic harp of the Wondrous Youth ushers in the Aquarian Age. Drawing on this first exploration of the Mabinogion, the reader can trace for himself the archetypes and mythological themes from which these medieval stories, themselves descendants of proto-Celtic oral tradition, are derived." Interior - very light browning to pages, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, soft crease at top part of front hinge, light browning to edges of text block, small soft corner crease on rear cover, spine flat and uncreased, ISBN label on rear cover. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
WESTRIA - PARTIAL SET.  VOLUME 2. LADY OF DARKNESS.  VOLUME 3 SILVERHAIR THE WANDERER.  VOLUME 5. THE SEA STAR.  VOLUME 6. THE WIND CRYSTAL.  VOLUME 7. THE JEWEL OF FIRE.  5 BOOKS IN TOTAL., Paxson, Diana L.
6 Paxson, Diana L. WESTRIA - PARTIAL SET. VOLUME 2. LADY OF DARKNESS. VOLUME 3 SILVERHAIR THE WANDERER. VOLUME 5. THE SEA STAR. VOLUME 6. THE WIND CRYSTAL. VOLUME 7. THE JEWEL OF FIRE. 5 BOOKS IN TOTAL.
New York Timescape / TOR First Printings Mass Market Paperbacks Very Good Tom Kid (volume 3) and Tom Canty (volumes 6&7), cover art. 
Partial set of the "Westria" novels - volumes 2, 3, 5, 6 & 7 - 5 books in total. Volume 2. Lady of Darkness: Timescape 1983 1st printing, 7" H, 253 pp, ISBN 0671458825 - "At last, a Queen was found to honor the covenant. A Queen to be Mistress of the Jewels of Westria, and wield their magical thrall over the elements. A Queen to conquer the mysteries of the Kingdom, as she had conquered the King's heart. But the young and gentle Queen little suspected treachery in the magical spheres of the Westrian court, where jealousy festered and a sorcerer bridled at her powers." Volume 3. Silverhair the Wanderer: TOR 1986 1st printing, 6 3/4" H, 310 pp, ISBN 0812548604 - "Protected only by his sword, his harp and his songs, pursued by a powerful evil wizard, Silverhair's road led to goddesses and ghosts, man-monsters and madness, scholars and shapeshifters, the palaces of royalty and the tents of ragged nomads. But for all the perils he braved, for all the dangers he conquered, Silverhair's goal remained unseen, elusive, a mystery beyond solution. Because his beloved sister and her son, heir to the throne of Westria, had vanished - utterly vanished - from the face of the earth." Volume 5. The Sea Star: TOR 1988 1st printing, 6 3/4" H, 374 pp, ISBN 0812548647 - "Julian, the long-lost son of Queen Faris and King Jehan, has returned to heal the kingdom of Westria. But he cannot prove his heritage and gain the throne except by searching out and mastering one by one the four great Jewels of Power lost in the magical cataclysm that destroyed his parents years ago. And Caolin, the jealous Blood Lord, the Sorcerer who was the author of the great destruction, still lives. The Jewels alone stand between him and utter dark power, from which Westria will never recover." Volume 6. The Wind Crystal: TOR 1990 1st printing, 6 3/4" H, 308 pp, ISBN 0812500407 - "The King is Dead, the Land ruled by a Regent. Prince Julian, the lost son of King Jehan, has returned to claim the crown. But he must prove his right by finding and mastering the four jewels of power lost in the magic war that killed Jehan. Julian has gained two of them, the Earthstone and the Sea Star. Now he must survive the quest for the Wind Crystal." Volume 7. The Jewel of Fire: TOR 1992 1st printing, 6 3/4" H, 309 pp, ISBN 0812511107 - "Prince Julian, claimant and true heir to the throne of Westria, (has recovered and mastered three of the four jewels of Power). What will be the cost to the kingdom, what price will Julian have to pay to attain the fourth - from the mouth of a volcano!" Interiors - very light to light browning to inside of covers, slight toning to pages, otherwise books are clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exteriors - very light edge wear, two volumes with a tiny number stamp on bottom of text block, volume 5 has a few tiny shallow dents on the spine. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
WHEN WAR CAME TO KLEINDARP AND MORE KLEINDARP STORIES., Reimer, Al.  Edited by Dianne Hiebert.
7 Reimer, Al. Edited by Dianne Hiebert. WHEN WAR CAME TO KLEINDARP AND MORE KLEINDARP STORIES.
Canada Rosetta Projects 2008 0978462947 / 9780978462949 Soft Cover Very Good Inscribed By Author
192 pp, 8" H. Inscribed on title page: "For Gerry & Eugene: / Nice seeing you again. / Hope you enjoy these storie! / Al". "Most of the short stories in this collection focus on the Mennonite town of Kleindarp during the mid-century, World War II decades. It is a staid Mennonite community that tries to ignore the war as much as possible while pursuing its rigorous religious practices and passion for 'born again' spirituality'. But along with an older 'fallen-off' (lapsed church member) like Gumshoe Ike Isaac and a non-believer like Duck Janz, there are younger rebels like Danny Brandt, Mel Plett and Steve Froese who turn their backs on the community and opt for Caesare's world. However, there are also characters like Old Eva, Anna Brandt and Wilhelm Fast, among others, who are able to lead rewarding lives in Kleindarp in spite of its self-enforced restrictions. These stories illustrate that even a small, isolated Mennonite world has both dark and bright sides where human nature can flare above oppression and prejudice, and envision life in new and creative forms." "The final story in this collection, 'Mennonite Firebirds', is a sequel to (the author's) historical novel ('My Harp is Turned to Mourning') about the Mennonites in Russia during the tragic revolutionary years". Contents: Preface; Moses in the Promised Land; Old Eva's Cure; When War Came to Kleindarp; Hey, Think You're Charlie Conacher?; Duck Janz and Gumshoe Ike Isaac; Revival; Opening and Closing the Door to Life; A Pocketful of Sugar Cubes; Cycling to Vancouver; A Face in the Mud; Mennonite Firebirds; Acknowledgements. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - slight curl-up of fore-edge of front cover, minor wear at top/bottom of front hinge. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
THE FAIRY RING:  A NEW EDITION OF A CLASSIC COLLECTION, INCLUDING TALES FROM FIFTEEN LANDS., Wiggin, Kate Douglas and Smith, Nora Archibald, editors.  Revised by Ethna Sheehan.
8 Wiggin, Kate Douglas and Smith, Nora Archibald, editors. Revised by Ethna Sheehan. THE FAIRY RING: A NEW EDITION OF A CLASSIC COLLECTION, INCLUDING TALES FROM FIFTEEN LANDS.
Garden City, New York Doubleday 1967 Revised Edition Hard Cover Very Good - Good+ Warren Chappell. 
414 pp, 9 7/16" H. 8 colour plates, including frontispiece (collated), plus b&w drawings. "Here is a beautiful new edition of a well-loved collection of folk and fairy tales from many countries, reselected for children today by Ethna Sheehan, a specialist in folklore and storytelling. Stories from Scandinavia, England, France, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Russia, and India have been retained from the original collection; now, in addition, Italy, Portugal, Arabia, Japan, China, and the American Indian are represented in tales chosen from Miss Wiggin's other popular books in the 'Library of Fairy Literature'. The result is the best of Kate Douglas Wiggin in one handsome volume, redesigned and illustrated in full color and black-and-white by Warren Chappell." Contents: Introduction; East o' the Sun and West o' the Moon; The Golden Lantern, Golden Goat, and Golden Cloak; Mother Roundabout's Daughter; The Golden Bird; The Doll in the Grass; The Clever Prince; Dapplegrim; The Princess on the Glass Hill; The Wild Swans; Master Tobacco; The History of Tom Thumb; Tattercoats; The Buried Moon; Cap o' Rushes; Hookedy-Crookedy; The Bee, the Harp, the Mouse, and the Bum-Clock; The Long Leather Bag; The Table, the Ass, and the Stick; The Little Brother and Sister; Longnose the Dwarf; The Three Feathers; The Water of Life; The Nose-Tree; Snow-white and Rose-red; The Goose Girl; Brier Rose; Spindle, Shuttle, and Needle; The Iron Wolf; The Young Head of the Family; Yvon and Finette; The Little Good Mouse; Drakesbill and His Friends; The White Cat; Prince Cherry; The Story of Coquerico; The Bird-Cage Maker; The Lucky Coin; The Storks and the Night Owl; The Months; Schippeitaro; The Matsuyama Mirror; The Ants that Pushed on the Sky; The Brahman, the Tiger, and the Six Judges; Tit for Tat; Muchie Lal; The Valiant Chatteemaker. Small name notation blacked-out on free front endpaper, remainder spray on bottom of text block, light edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, slight rubbing and a tiny bump at top corner of front board. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine, minor edge browning, tiny edge tear with crease. Short gold colored band label printed on spine and front panel with "A Doubleday Reinforced Library Edition" - this book is NOT an ex-library book. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 


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