Beside the Fire
being a Collection of Irish Gaelic Folk Stories (1910, first printing)
First edition. Hardback, bound in the original dark green cloth with gilt titling to spine. 23 × 14.5cm, lviii + 203pp.
A lengthy preface (By Hyde) and postscript (by Alfred Nutt) is followed by fifteen tales from Irish Gaelic folklore, most of them are published alongside the Gaelic text. The tales are: The Tailor And The Three Beasts; Bran; The King Of Ireland's Son; The Alp-luachra; Paudyeen O'kelly And The Weasel; Leam O'rooney's Burial; Guleesh Na Guss Dhu; The Well Of D'yerree-in-dowan; The Court Of Crinnawn; Neil O'carree; Trunk-without-head; The Hags Of The Long Teeth; William Of The Tree; The Old Crow & The Young Crow; Riddles. These are followed by appendices on where the stories came from, and notes on the Irish text.
A good to fair copy. The cloth is faded to the spine and there is bumping and creasing to the boards. The front pastedown seems to have been applied a little carelessly and has wrinkled, also slightly affecting the ffep. The main body of text is in good, strong readable condition, with secure binding and clean pages but page 160 has a neat taped repair to the margin. Previous owner's name to ffep (Francesca Claremont, a folklorist and author). A rare first edition.