London: Henry Frowde, Oxford University Press, 1911.
Lg. 8vo, xxviii, 524 pp., frontis Full publisher's green cloth stamped in gilt, t.e.g. Slight wear to spine ends and corners, very good. Former owner’s ink inscriptions on fly-leaf, one dated April 14, 1914.
§ First edition of this classic work on tales and legends from Ireland, Britain and France. It is dedicated to William Butler Yeats and was written as Evans-Wentz’s degree thesis at Oxford. Walter Yeeling Evans-Wentz (1878 –1965) was an American anthropologist and writer specializing folklore and metaphysics, especially Tibetan Buddhism. He became joined the Theosophical Society in 1901 and lived for a time in San Diego to be near the society’s center at
Point Loma. His papers are housed at Stanford University. Item #124284