The Fabled Coast: Legends & Traditions from Around the Shores of Britain & Ireland by Sophia Kingshill & Jennifer Westwood

The Fabled Coast: Legends & Traditions from Around the Shores of Britain & Ireland by Sophia Kingshill & Jennifer Westwood newly listed for sale on the fantastic BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: Random House, 2012, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Jacket illustration: Abraham Ortelius, Septentrionalium Regionum Descrip. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Plates; Black & White Drawings; Maps;

From the cover: Pirates and smugglers, ghost ships and sea-serpents, fishermens prayers and sailors rituals the coastline of the British Isles plays host to an astonishingly rich variety of local legends, customs, and superstitions.

In The Fabled Coast, renowned folklorists Sophia Kingshill and Jennifer Westwood gather together the most enthralling tales and traditions, tracing their origins and examining the facts behind the legends. Was there ever such a beast as the monstrous Kraken? Did a Welsh prince discover America, centuries before Columbus? What happened to the missing crew of the Mary Celeste?

Along the way, they recount the stories that are an integral part of our coastal heritage, such as the tale of Drakes Drum, said to be heard when England is in peril, and the mythical island of Hy Brazil, which for centuries appeared on sea charts and maps to the west of Ireland. The result is an endlessly fascinating, often surprising journey through our island history.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Light crease to the foot of the upper panel otherwise a very well presented copy.

Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XVII] 510 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I tempt with you something from here?

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