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Lot 1312: Charles Godfrey Leland THE HUNDRED RIDDLES OF THE FAIRY BELLARIA 1892 Limited First Edition Antique Literature Original Frontispiece Illustration By Author
22 October 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: The Hundred Riddles of the Fairy Bellaria
Author: Charles Godfrey Leland - Charles Godfrey Leland was an American humorist and folklorist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was educated at Princeton University and in Europe.
Leland worked in journalism, travelled extensively, and became interested in folklore and folk linguistics, publishing books and articles on American and European languages and folk traditions. Leland worked in a wide variety of trades, achieved recognition as the author of the comic "Hans Breitmann’s Ballads," fought in two conflicts, and wrote what was to become a primary source text for Neopaganism half a century later, "Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches."
Publisher: T. Fisher Unwin
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xii/149 pages
Width: 6.5" Height: 7.5"
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited first edition, being one of 100 copies with an original frontispiece drawing from the author. The certificate of issue is tipped in at the front flyleaf.
This antique volume is bound in greenish-gray cloth boards with printed paper spine label. The volume shows mild external wear, with extremities somewhat bumped, darkening to spine and scattered faint soiling. The binding is solid. The pages are clean and bright, with untrimmed edges displaying minor toning, and some offsetting from illustrations. This work is complete, with author's black and white illustrations as listed. Leland's original frontispiece drawing is tissue-guarded, with a few closed tears at the inside edge of the tissue guard.
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