Marris, Ruth. Illustrated by Miles Thistlethwaite.
Title THE SINGING SWANS AND OTHER STORIES.
Publisher Heinemann, London, 1975, first edition.
Seller ID 16742
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