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Celtic Fairy Tales (1892) + More Celtic Fairy - Jacobs, Joseph (Selected and edi - 1894. [1222404]
David Nutt, London 1894 - Complete set of Joseph Jacobs' anthology "Celtic Fairy Tales": - "Celtic Fairy Tales" (1892): Quarto. XIV, [2], 267pp. Contemporary gilt-stamped morocco, with gold lettering to spine and covers. Top edge gilt. Dentelles. Original decorative wrappers bound in. Limitation page numbered and signed by publisher David Nutt. Tissue-guarded frontispiece in two states. Illustrated title page in red and black lettering. Decorative initials, head-, and tailpieces. This first volume of a two-volume set of Celtic folk tales collected by the leading British folklorist Joseph Jacobs (1854-1916), introduces the reader to the unique magic of the Celtic folk imagination. The 26 stories of "Guleesh," "The Horned Women," "King O'Toole and His Goose," "The Sea-Maiden," "The Shee An Gannon and the Gruagach Gaire," "The Lad with the Goat-Skin," the legendary "Dierdre," "Beth Gellert," and others, are accompanied byeight striking full-page illustrations by John Dickson Batten, a renown English painter, book illustrator and printmaker of the time. Each plate is tissue-guarded, and in two states. One of 125 copies printed on Japanese vellum paper, of which this is No. 25. Splendid binding signed "Fazakerley Binder, Liverpool." Morocco lightly rubbed along joints and edges. Binding in overall good, interior in very good condition. - "More Celtic Fairy Tales" (1894): XII, [2], 234pp. Striking full morocco binding with elaborate floral pattern embossed on both covers, and embossed lettering to spine. The binding is signed by the Guild of Women-Binders*. Top edge gilt. Marbled endpapers. Original decorative wrappers bound in. Limitation page numbered and signed by publisher David Nutt. Tissue-guarded frontispiece in two states. Illustrated title page in red and black lettering. Decorative initials, head-, and tailpieces. Second and last part of Joseph Jacobs' anthology featuring 20 other Celtic tales, including: "The Fate of the Children of Lir," "Jack, the Cunning Thief," "The Greek Princess and the Young Gardener," "The Russet Dog," and "The Leeching of Kayn's Leg." As for the first volume, this work is adorned with eight full-page illustrations by John D. Batten, with each plate being tissue-guarded and in two states. One of 125 copies printed on Japanese vellum paper, of which this is No. 99. Minor rubbing at head and tail of spine. Tiny scratch at lower spine. Small stain to back cover. Corners of back cover slightly rubbed. Previous owner's Ex-Libris on fly leaf (Janet Marie Moorman), with inscription in green ink (Christmas 1949). Binding in overall good+ to very good, interior in very good condition. * The Guild of Women-Binders was founded by Frank Karslake (who also founded The Hampstead Bindery) in 1898. It operated until 1904 as a loosely-knit federation of women binders from such groups as the Edinburgh Social Union, the Kirkby Lonsdale Handicraft Class, the Chiswick Art Workers' Guild, and Miss Bassett's Leighton Buzzard Handicraft Class for crippled girls, among others. Some of the more outstanding women binders represented by the Guild included Miss Constance Karslake, Miss Edith de Rheims, Florence de Rheims, Miss Helen Schofield, Mrs. Frances Knight, Mrs. Macdonald, Miss Lilian Overton, Miss Gaskell and Miss Edwards. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]
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