Folk Tales Of The British Isles by Michael Foss hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
Book Club Associates, 1977, Hardback.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Drawings; Colour Drawings;
From the cover: Folk tales are the oldest and purest examples of the storytellers art. A successful folk tale is not only a pleasing piece of fiction but an explanation of the unknown; a small illumination concerning the nature of things.
Passed from generation to generation, sometimes over thousands of years, the stories in this volume are our own fairy tales rivalling, perhaps surpassing the sentimental collections of Perrault and the Brothers Grimm.
England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland; every country in the British Isles is well represented in this volume from the bleak, sea-dramas of the Norsemen of Shetland down to the jovial giants of Somerset and across the sea to the little people of Ireland.
Moods range from tales of horror and fabulous beasts such as Chips and the Devil to stories of elfish humour such as The Old Woman in the Vinegar Bottle and wonderfully innocent tales like Tattercoats.
Because the tellers of these tales were unsophisticated people with strong emotions the stories are often wild and fantastic and therefore perfectly suited to the art of Ken Kiff whose 30 full colour paintings and 25 charcoal drawings illustrate the text.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine.
175 pages. 9½” x 6¾”.
This book will be listed, sooner or later, for £6.50 on my delightful website… but get 50% off buying from my blog… below…