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STEPHENS, James
The crock of gold
London: Macmillan, 1912. Complete with half-title and 2 leaves of advertisements. Original green cloth with title on front cover and spine in gilt. An excellent copy with a light stain on the back cover. Inscribed to (Lady) Frieda Harris from Anna and Charles, 1912 with a note to "read pages 119-120.". First edition of this wonderful fantasy, an Irish fairy tale for adults. According to Graeme K. Talboys of Grumbooks, it is a story that is "comical, witty, philosophical, spiritual, and whimsical, sometimes in a single sentence. It tells of the events set in motion when a philosopher gives advice to a farmer that leads to some Leprechauns losing their crock of gold." Stephens (1882-1950) "was a poet and novelist whose work is steeped in the folklore and mythology of his native land. Although little known these days, his literary worth was recognised in his lifetime, not just by the public, but his contemporaries in the literary world. Indeed, Joyce asked Stephens to complete Finnegans Wake if Joyce was unable to do so" (Talboys). Lady Frieda Harris (1877-1962) was an artist, occult magician and associate and friend of Aleister Crowley. She is best known for her design of Crowley's Thoth tarot cards.
Bookseller: Rootenberg Rare Books & Manuscripts [California, United States]

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