Folk Tales of Breffny
Legends and stories from the Irish Kingdom of Breifne
First edition. Hardback, bound in the original green cloth with gilt titling to spine and upper board. 18.5 × 12.5cm, viii +196pp, ads.
A collection of 26 folk tales from the The Kingdom of Breifne (or Breffny here in the anglicized version), which is now County Leitrim, County Cavan and parts of neighbouring counties in the northern part of the Republic of Ireland. In her introduction, the author says that most of these tales were told by an old man claiming he had more knowledge of ancient times than scholars. She ends her introduction with "superstition in a race is merely then proof of imagination, the people lacking fairy lore must also lack intelligence and wit."
A good reading copy. Whilst the contents are in good condition with clean pages and secure binding (though the contents page has a small area of loss at the bottom), the green cloth is mottled with fading, mostly to the rear board but also around the edges of the front. The title page is blindstamped "Presentation Copy".