Celtic Folklore, Welsh and Manx (Signed copy)
Inscribed by John Rhys, and also signed by Standish Hayes O'Grady
First edition, two volumes (complete). Hardback, each 22.5 × 14.5cm. xlvi , 718pp + 92pp ads.
John Rhys has written "with the author's kind regards" to the half title page. Above this in another hand is the name S H O'Grady, this is Standish Hayes O'Grady (1832–1915), an Irish antiquarian from County Limerick, founder of the Ossianic Society and author of Silva Gadelica, a series of tales from medieval Irish manuscripts. His book is listed in Celtic Folklore's bibliographic references.
John Rhys' comprehensive work on the folklore, customs, superstitions and legends of rural Wales and the Isle of Man, but predominantly Welsh. There are legends of fairies, the Mabinogi of Math, the fairy ring of Cae Lleidr Dyrfrydog, the fenodyree or Manx brownie, the scared fish of Llanberis, Welsh cave legends, place-name stories etc and this is just scratching the surface. The three final chapters are 1. Difficulties of the Folklorist, 2. Folklore Philosophy, and 3. Race in Folklore and Myth.
This is a rare first edition set and very scarce to find inscribed by the author, but it is in poor condition. It remains readable but the green cloth covers are heavily mottled with damp and the inner bindings are dry and cracking although still holding well. The pages have occasional light spotting and tanning but the pages are clean. Previous owner's signatures in addition to the author's and O'Grady's.Sold