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1 Aesop, et al The Book of Fables: Containing Aesop's Fables. Complete, with the text based upon Croxall, La Fontaine, and L'Estrange
New York John B. Alden, Publisher 1883 no Cloth Good No Jacket 
Green cloth with a front cover illustration in black. 243 pp. Black and white illustrations by Ernest Griset throughout. A collection of fables, most attributed to Aesop, with a separate section titled 'Later Fables,' that contain fables perhaps of a more recent origin. With illustrations by Ernest Griset, a French born artist and illustrator who moved to England with his parents as a child. The front cover bears an illustration of the a thin stork on a river bank, which some have said reflected his view of the politics in France that drove his parents to leave the country (see Wikipedia and the British Library Website). GOOD condition. Moderate fading and minor soiling to the covers. Rather heavy mottling and some discoloration to the cloth along the edges of the covers. Spine darkened. Minor to moderate scuffing. Extremities scuffed and bumped. Heavy browning to the paper in the interior, with some foxing to the first and last pages. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Treasury of Wit; being a methodical selection of about Twelve Hundred, the best, Apophthegms and Jests; from Books in Several Languages. Volume 1 Only., Bennet, H. (pseudonym for John Pinkerton) (compiler)
2 Bennet, H. (pseudonym for John Pinkerton) (compiler) The Treasury of Wit; being a methodical selection of about Twelve Hundred, the best, Apophthegms and Jests; from Books in Several Languages. Volume 1 Only.
London Printed for Charles Dilly and Thomas Evans 1786 no Full Leather Poor No Jacket 
Full tree calf leather. xx, 197 pp. Volume 1 ONLY. Drawn from Greek, Roman, Spanish, Italian, German and Eastern books, this work presents a selection of jokes and jests from various countries, both for amusement and education. Preceded by an introduction discussing the sources of the jests, as well as tastes in various countries (asserting most of the jokes from Germany were dull). Compiled by John Pinkerton, a Scottish scholar, cartographer and numismatist. POOR/FAIR condition. Both covers DETACHED. Heavy scuffing to the leather along the extremities. Spine flaking, chipped and worn. General darkening. Several owner's notations and names in the front, with an old bookseller catalog description glued in on an endpaper. Scattered foxing throughout. A few stray pencil lines in the text. 
Price: 110.00 USD
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3 Boucher, Alan (translator) Elves, Trolls and Elemental Beings. Icelandic Folktales II.
Reykjavik, Iceland Iceland Review Library 1981 no Trade Paperback Good 
Trade paperback. 93 pp. A collection of folktales and folklore from Iceland, including The Elves' Genesis, The Boy Who would not be with the Elves, The Elves Move House, the Night-Troll, Troll-Lafi, Gissur of Botnar, etc. GOOD condition. Covers creased at the corners and along the spine. Minor scuffing and general fading. Old price sticker on the lower rear cover. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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4 Countess D'Anois [ Aulnoy, Madame d'( Marie Catherine.] A Collection of Novels and Tales of the Fairies. Written by that Celebrated Wit of France, the Countess D'Anois. In Three Volumes. The fifth edition. Translated from the best edition of the original French, by several hands. THIS IS VOLUME ONE ONLY
London J. Brotherton, R. Baldwin, H. Woodfall, B. Law, C. and R. Ware, and G. Burnett 1766 no Full-Leather Poor No Jacket 
Printed for J. Brotherton, R. Baldwin, H. Woodfall, B. Law, C. and R. Ware, and G. Burnett. Stated fifth edition. Brown calf leather. Ix, 288 pages. Collated and complete as far as text is concerned. ETSC (no. T82647) calls for one page of advertisements preceding the title page. This is lacking, however, there is a page of advertisements following the preface and preceding the actual text, not mentioned in ETSC. This volume contains the following stories: The History of Don Gabriel, The Royal Ram, The Story of Finetta the Cinder-Girl, The Palace of Revenge, The Story of Anguiletta, The History of Don Ferdinand of Toledo, The Story of the Yellow Dwarf, The Story of the Young and Handsome, The History of the New Gentleman-Citizen, and The Story of the White Cat. D'Aulnoy, was a contemporary of Charles Perrault, known most for her version of fairy tales. This volume is in POOR/FAIR condition. LACKING the FRONT COVER and any pages preceding the title page (please see above for the page of adverts). The leather spine is chipped and missing some fragments along the hinges, with moderate scuffing and other wear. Rear leather cover with heavy scuffing and slight loss of leather near the upper spine. Heavy bumping and scuffing to the cover extremities with the corners being rather rounded. The text block itself is solid and intact. Darkening present along the extremities of the title page with a few small pencil notations, including the date in Arabic numerals below the Roman numerals. Some foxing to the title page. Text is clean with minor sporadic foxing throughout and general but uneven fading to the printing throughout. Pages 241 and 245 have very minor pencil underlining to a sentence on each. Overall in POOR/FAIR condition due to the lack of front cover and any endpapers. Good candidate for rebinding. VOLUME 1 ONLY. Photos available upon request. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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5 De La Fontaine, Jean Fables Choises, Mises en Vers Par M. De La Fontaine, avec in Nouveau Commentaire par M. Coste. Premiere Partie. Nouvelle Edition.
Lyon Amable Leroy 1805 no Full Leather Good No Jacket 
Full leather. 360pp. A selection of fables from Fontaine, with introductory commentary/history. All text in FRENCH. In GOOD condition. Minor scuffing to the covers and extremities, with some bumping and rounding to the corners. A few minor dark stains present to the leather. Upper front and rear hinge split about 1 inch, with a 1/2 inch split along the lower rear hinge. First free endpaper almost detached. Second blank endpaper with a rectangle cut out along its upper edge. Previous owner's signature present. Text block solid with minor scattered soiling and foxing. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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6 De La Fontaine, Jean. M. Coste, Author of Preface ]. Fables Choisies, Mises en Vers Par M. De La Fontaine, avec un Nouveau Commentaire Par M. Coste. Nouvelle edition.
Lyon Amable Leroy 1805 no Full-Leather Fair No Jacket 
Two parts in one book. Bound in brown leather with very faded gilt ornamentation and titling on the spine. Marbled endpapers. 360 pages including index. A collection of La Fontaine's fables in verse. This volume contains a commentary on La Fontaine and the importance of his fables, as well as a life of Aesop. La Fontaine is considered one of the key fabulists, and one of the most influential early French writer, who served not only to inspire and shape French literature, but also fabulists of other countries as well. In FAIR condition. Minor to moderate scuffing to the covers, especially along the extremities. Small dark stain on rear cover and a small to medium area of darkening along the upper fore edge of the front cover. Some soiling. Small hole in the first layer of leather at the upper front cover near the hinge. Leather worn along the hinges and splitting at the upper and lower edges though still intact. Minor loss of leather at the head and foot of the spine, with an area of darkening at the foot. Spine is faded and has lost most of its gilt work. Front endpaper very tenuously attached; the rear is somewhat tenuously attached. Some soiling to the reverse of the ffep, with a small pencil notation. Second endpaper with a rectangle cut out of it at the top corner where perhaps a signature has been removed. Owner's signature on title page. The text block is solid and intact with light browning and minor soiling sporadically throughout. Solid copy in FAIR condition. 
Price: 55.00 USD
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7 Edited and introduced by Horatio Stevens White Deutsche Volkslieder. A selection from German folksongs.
New York G.P Putnam 1892 no Half-Leather Very Good No Jacket 
324 pages plus several pages of ads. With many black and white illustrations. Introduction in English, folksongs in German. Bound in a small print floral cloth with gilt embellishments, as well as a ¼ leather backstrip with extensive gilt ornamentation. In VERY GOOD condition. Light soiling to the covers. Some darkening. Moderate scuffing and bumping to the extremities. Some pulling and fraying to the corners. Text clean and solid with previous owners’ inscriptions on ffep and light creasing to the table of contents page. Nice copy of this volume of German folksongs in VERY GOOD condition. 
Price: 17.00 USD
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8 Heaton, Peter; Bird, Maria. Songs Under Sail. A Book of Sailor Shanties
London Burke Publishing 1963 no Hard Cover Very Good Good 
Presumed first edition. Blue cloth in a jacket clipped at the lower front flap. Small folio. 87 pp. With illustrations by the author. A collection of various sea shanties or songs sung by sailors, including drinking, working and love songs. Preceded by a short historical introduction discussing the origins of the term as well as the importance of the shanties. GOOD jacket on a VERY GOOD book. General toning and minor soiling to the jacket. Curling, chipping and creasing, with a few small tears, along the upper rear edge. Rear flap cut down its entire length, bearing an old tape repair. Minor fading and edgewear to the book. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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9 No Author Given The Paper-cut selection of story (sic) in Countries Annuals of Eastern Zhou Dynasty
No Place No Publisher no Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 
Presumed published in China. Illustrated paper covered boards. Unpaginated. Thick card paper. With 12 colored paper cuts mounted under clear plastic. Text in Chinese and English. A work perhaps issued for tourists, providing brief anecdotal legends recalling the history of the Eastern Zhou Dynasty in China during the 'Warring States' period. This book also promotes the art of paper cuts as practiced by the Yu country region, with a description on the rear inside cover explaining the art and the skill of the Yu artisans. The English translations of the text are a bit rough. The Zhou Dynasty in China was the longest lasting dynasty in Chinese history, that saw the first use of iron and the evolution of written script into its modern form. The Eastern Zhou Dynasty is associated with a decline in royal rule (Wikipedia). VERY GOOD condition. Some scuffs and scratches to the front cover and lower spine. Minor general fading. Light edgewear. Interior clean and solid. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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10 No author given (Aesop) The Little Esop
Philadelphia H.C. Peck and Theo. Bliss 1856 no Cloth Fair 
Red cloth. 4 ¾ by 3 ¾ inches. 95 pp. Small black and white illustrations throughout. A rendition for children, of various fables by Aesop, including the horse and the lion, the tortoise and the hare, the mischievous dog, the man and his wig, etc. FAIR condition. Heavy fading, moderate scuffing and staining to the covers. Spine toned. Minor soiling. Cloth frayed, chipped and split along the extremities and spine. Text block shaken but intact. Child's doodles, names and scribbles on the endpapers and first and last few pages, with a few doodles/lines in the text throughout. Scattered staining throughout, with general soiling. General foxing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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11 Skalbe, Charles. Translated from the Latvian by W.K. Matthews Pussy's Water Mill
Ausburg A. Baumanis, Publisher 1946 no Original Wraps Good Vignettes by A. Ogule 
In paper wraps. Saddle stapled. Roughly 4 by 6 inches. 31 pages. Charles Skalbe was an influential and famous Latvian poet in the early 20th century, active in trying to establish independence for Latvia in 1918-1920. This particular work is a children's fairy tale. In GOOD+ condition. Paper wraps rather darkened. Some soiling and faint creasing. Small ownership name at the top front corner. Light scuffing to the edges. Inner text clean and solid with the pages rather browned but still very readable. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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More Hawaiian Folk Tales. A collection of Native Legends and Traditions. Bound with Hawaiian Place Names, Thrum, Thomas G. Compiler
12 Thrum, Thomas G. Compiler More Hawaiian Folk Tales. A collection of Native Legends and Traditions. Bound with Hawaiian Place Names
Chicago A.C. McClurg and Co 1923 no First Edition Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 
First edition. Hard cover. No jacket. 323 pages. Glued into the gutter of the rear of the book is a 15 page pamphlet titled Hawaiian Place Names. [Prepared by] Assistant Chief of Staff for Military Intelligence. Fort Shafter, T.H.: 1929. Headquarters Hawaiian Department. First edition, in wraps. This pamphlet consists of dictionary style entries giving place names (in Hawaiian) with their English meanings and locations, for locations around Hawaii. The main book contains many folk tales from Hawaii, as well as several black and white photos depicting landscapes and people. One image of a surfing contest is present. Bound in brown cloth with an illustration of an erupting volcano on the front cover. VERY GOOD condition with some scuffing and fading to the covers. Spine darkened. Very minor soiling. Extremities scuffed. Interior clean and solid with general darkening to the pages and a previous owner's bookplate on the inside front cover. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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13 Various Authors Five Stories About China
New York Friendship Press 1940 no Wraps Good 
Light blue-green wraps. 32 pp. A collection of five folk tale type stories on life and beliefs in China, taken from 'Missionary Stories to Tell' and 'More Missionary Stories to Tell.' With a 4 page piece on clocks in China taped into the inside front cover. GOOD condition. Moderate browning, minor to moderate soiling and some staining to the covers. Owner's name and address in pencil to the upper front cover. Some curling and creasing at the corners. Staples rusted. Extensive pencil corrections to one story in the book. Minor toning to the paper. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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14 Various authors Folk-Lore. A Quarterly Review of Myth, Tradition, Institution and Custom. June 1909. Vol XX. No. II
No place(London) David Nutt, presumed Publisher 1909 no Wraps Fair Ex-Library 
Printed wraps, although MISSING the front wrapper and any pages up to the first page. Pagination runs 129-256. With a few black and white photo plates throughout. A journal devoted to the Folklore Society and folklore, containing papers on various topics. This issue contains "Head Hunting among the Hill Tribes of Assam," by T.C. Hodson, with photo plates, and describing the custom of headhunting of various tribes in Assam, although serving to dispel misconceptions and myths of the practice. Also present is an illustrated article "Customs of the Lower Congo People," by John H. Weeks, describing his observations while in Africa; and a short piece on the Straw Bear custom, with photo. FAIR condition, lacking the front wrapper and any pages up to the first page, although it appears only the front cover is missing. Slightly ex-library, with a stamp the first page. Moderate browning to the piece, with dark staining to the upper corners of the last several pages. Scattered soiling and foxing. Rear wrapper soiled and darkened, with heavy chipping and tearing along the extremities. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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15 Various Authors Northern Junket. Vol 6 No. 3. March 1958. Dances of the Maritimes
Keene, NH Ralph Page, Publisher 1958 no Wraps Good 
Blue-green printed wraps. 52 pp., plus ads. With a few illustrations and musical scores throughout. A single issue of this magazine devoted to folk dances and folk music. This issue discusses dances of the maritime provinces of Canada, including Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland. Included are descriptions of the dances and terminology used in calling the folk dances, as well as examples of music to be used for the dances. With some history and background, as well as names of the dances. Ralph Page sought to preserve folk dances in New England and elsewhere, using this magazine, among other venues to discuss the dances. The University of New Hampshire hosts a yearly Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend. GOOD condition. Heavy uneven fading to the covers, especially along the edges. Minor wrinkling. Paper rather browned in the interior. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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16 Various Authors The Journal of American Folk-Lore. October-December 1893
Boston American Folk-Lore Society/Houghton Mifflin, Publishers 1893 no Wraps Good 
Printed wraps. A few illustrations present. A single issue of this journal relating to folklore, with this issue containing essays on "Uncle Remus traced to the Old World;" "Demoniacal Possession in Angola, Africa," "the Pa-Lu-Lu-Kon-Ti: a Tusayan Ceremony;" " A woman's song of the Kwakiutl Indians," etc. GOOD condition. Wrappers chipped along the extremities, heavy to the rear cover. Rear cover creased along the fore edge. Minor soiling, some offsetting and toning. A few stray pencil lines in the margins of the text. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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