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Did you know that in ancient times it was common for fairs to be held in churchyards and on funeral barrows?

That when first introduced to Britain the humble potato was considered a powerful aphrodisiac? That on the island of Foula Christmas is celebrated on 6 January and New Year is a week later? And that it is unlucky to be the first buried in a new churchyard as the devil is reputed to take the first corpse?

The folklore of Britain is as rich and varied as its landscapes and reflects the st.......

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British Goblins by Wirt Sikes is made up of four books dealing with Welsh folk-lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditions. All four books were originally published in one large volume. The Realm of Faerie is the first book of the quartet, and it is reproduced here in facsimile from the first edition.

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County Folklore: Gloucestershire

Edwin Sidney Hartland
This is a facsimile reprint of the edition published by David Nutt for the Folklore Society in 1895.

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This is a facsimile reprint of the edition published by David Nutt for the Folklore Society in 1895

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County Folklore: Suffolk

Lady Eveline Camilla Gurdon
This is a facsimile reprint of the edition published by David Nutt for the Folklore Society in 1895.

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A facsimile reprint of the edition of 1895.

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A.W. Moore collected the material for this book at a time when the art of story telling was still alive, and many old customs were still being observed. His book was published in 1891; it is reproduced here as a facsimile of the first edition. It includes myths and legends, fairies and familiar spirits, hobgoblins, monsters, giants, mermaids, magic, witchcraft, old customs and superstitions, proverbs and sayings.

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James M. Mackinlays comprehensive work on the folklore of Scottish lochs and springs was first published in 1893, and copies of it have become scarce and difficult to obtain. This paperback reprint is a facsimile of the first edition.

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Folklore of the West and Mid Wales

Johnathon Ceridig Davies
A facsimile reprint of the book by Jonathan Ceredig Davies, first published at Aberystwyth in 1911. It includes love, wedding, funeral, and other customs: lore of fairies and mermaids, ghosts, death portents, witches, healing, fountains: and local traditions.

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Lancashire Legends

Harland & Wilkinson
This book, by John Harland and T. T. Wilkinson was first published at Manchester in 1873, and this paperback reprint is a facsimile of that edition. The book consists of six parts, and an appendix, as follows:
1). Legends and traditions, especially those associated with ancient mansions.
2). Pageants, maskings, and mummings, including the pageant of the Preston Guild.
3). Sports and games.
4). Legal and popular punishments; stocks, whipping posts, ducking stools, etc.
5). Popular rhymes, .......

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Carmen Sylva, Queen of Roumania. Her translated collection of folk-tales and legends has not become well-known probably as it was lost in a larger collection. The present paperback contains only Carmen Sylva's Roumanian tales as they were translated by Alma Strettell. With illustrations by T H Robinson. Reproduced in facsimile from the edition of 1896.

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Myths and Weird Tales told by the Mewan Indians of California

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Charles Swainson's book is an invaluable reference work for ornithologists and students of folklore alike, for it brings together in a single compact volume information which is otherwise scattered across the literature of Britain, Europe and the Middle East, much of it long out of print or found only in the great reference libraries, where we can be directed via his extensive bibliography spanning the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries.

The birds appear species by species. Nam.......

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The Folklore of Plants

T. F Thistleton Dyer
A facsimile of the book first published in 1889. It includes plant worship, plants in witchcraft, demonology and fairy-lore, love charms, plants and the weather, plant proverbs, sacred plants, plants in folk medicine and mystic plants.

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Apart from the botanical science, there is perhaps no subject of inquiry connected with plants of wider interest than that suggested by the study of folklore. This field of research has been largely worked of late years, and has obtaine.......

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Warwickshire, well described as the heart of England, is a county steeped in tradition and rich in folklore.

Roy Palmer's study, which includes a great deal of unpublished material from living informants, is the first book to be published for almost fifty years - and the first ever to take in Birmingham and the industrial north of the County.

In his panoramic survey Mr Palmer covers in turn: local traditions about places and people, whether real or legendary - from Shakespeare and Charles I to.......

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Robert Charles Hope's book was first published in 1893, and here is a facsimile of that edition.
Also includes Rivers, Lakes, Fountains and Springs.

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