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The name corresponds to the less common Far Shee Ir. Fear sidhe , a man fairy. She wails, as most people know, over the death of a member of some old Irish family.

And there is fairy poetry as well, of which not a little is to be found in the works of the Irish poets from William Allingham to William Butler Yeats. But it is not so abundant as one might expect. The ancient myths and legends and the half-mythical history of Ireland and her manifold wrongs and sufferings seem to have appealed more to the Irish poetical spirit. The very first collections of fairy tales and folk tales are of course to be found in the old Chap-books.

They have the old tricks and some of the old plots that one has read in many popular legends of almost all countries, European and Eastern; successful cunning is the great virtue applauded; and the heroes pass through a thousand wild extravagant dangers, such as could only have been invented when art was young and faith was large. Not a little does it add to these tales that one feels as one reads them that the writer must have believed in his heart what he told; you see the tremor, as it were, and the wild look of the eyes as he sits in his comer and recites and peers wistfully around lest the spirits he talks of be really at hand.

Yeats would indicate, [xxi] the ontput of this literature was as large as, if not larger than, that of either England or Scotland. If it had not been for a certain purchase made by Thackeray at Ennis when on his tour through Ireland, and for a certain rainy day in Galway abont , the English people would probably never have known that the Irish people had their Chap-books from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century as well as the people of almost all other European countries. The systematic collection of Celtic folk tales in English began in Ireland as early as , with T.

Among the novelists and tale-writers of the schools of Miss Edgeworth and Lever folk tales were occasionally utilized, as by Carleton in his Traits and Stories, by Lover in his Legends and Stories, and by Griffin in his Tales of a Jury Room. These all tell their tales in the manner of the stage Irishman. Patrick Kennedy, a Dublin book-seller, printed about one hundred folk and hero tales and drolls in his Legendary Fictions of the Irish Celts, ; Fireside Stories of Ireland, ; and Bardic Stories of Ireland, Lady Wilde has told many folk tales very effectively in her Ancient Legends of Ireland, Douglas Hyde has published in Beside the Fireside, , English versions of some of the stories he had published in the original Irish in his Leahbar Sgealaighteachta, Dublin Miss MacLintock has published many tales in various periodicals during the past twenty years; a period which has been remarkably fruitful in active workers in this hitherto comparatively untilled field.

But Dr. Douglas Hyde, Lady Gregory, and W. One reason, perhaps, why the Irish people are as a rule so supremely gifted with the power of poetical self expression, why they are endowed with so rich and luxurious a fancy, is because for centuries they have been nourished on such a wealth of fairy tales and wonder stories as is exceeded by no other literature of the world.

And it is not a little curious to note in this connection that, while the fairy tales of other lands have long been the natural literature of childhood, it is only in later years that even in Ireland itself her fairy tales, folk lore, wonder tales, and hero stories have figured in books especially made for young people. The fairy tales and folk lore of Ireland should have a special interest not alone for Irish-Americans, but for that greater American nation which is being evolved out of the mixture of the blood of all the races of the world, today.

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Published by: London: Walter Scott Ltd. New York: Thomas Whitaker. Toronto: W. Gage and Co. A signed association copy of Yeat's first book as editor. First edition, first issue. Blue-grey cloth, paper spine label printed in black with red line, top of spine and label once broken but repaired, edges chipped, cloth darkened, hinges cracking.

A good copy nonetheless. Including the decorative book-plate of Lady Charlotte Schreiber on the front pastedown. Signed W. Yeats on the front free endpaper. Wade's binding Variant 1, of Yeat's first clothbound publication. Published as number 32 in 'The Camelot Series'. Six terminal pages of ads include this title listed at the end of the series. This copy is one with edges untrimmed.

Errata slip tipped in prior to the first page of the introduction. As with the copy Wade describes in the BL received 27 Sept. Lady Schreiber, as Lady Guest, translated the first modern version of the Mabinogion. Signed by Author s.


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Small pencil ownership signature, dated , on free endsheet. First edition, first printing, Wade's binding variant 1, of Yeats's first clothbound publication. Published as number 32 in "The Camelot Series. A book of some bibliographic complexity due to its several reprints and formats, muddled further by the tendency of careless cataloguers to overlook the variations in the imprints, as well as the obvious significance of, and difference between, dated and undated title-pages.

Turner's bibliography of the Scott imprint goes a ways toward sorting some of it out. ROTH 3.