Category: Folk Tales


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Folk Tales from Iraq

By: Anon.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: London, Books & Books Limited: 1995

Seller ID: 2692

Condition: Very Good +

Wraps, 14.5 by 21 cm, 205 pp. Unread copy with only minor signs of shelf wear to the wraps. From the publisher: “This is a unique collection of tales from Iraq’s folklore, presented in English for the Western reader. These tales are the product of centuries of colourful history, transmitted verbally often by highly skilled female story-tellers. This was a time when media, as we know it today, did not exist but the verbal tradition meant that the stories could be appreciated also by those who could not read or write. Groups, including women and children, would sit and listen, mesmerised, ... View more info

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West African Folk Tales

By: Gale, Steven H.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Lincolnwood, IL, NTC Publishing Group: 1996

Edition: Second Printing

Seller ID: 2707

Condition: Very Good

Wraps, 15.2 by 22.8 cm, xx 203 pp. Very good with light wear to the wraps. A unique collection of short folk tales from Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leon, Togo, and a large selection of tales from Liberia. View more info

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African Wisdom: A Personal Collection of Setswana Proverbs [South Africa]

By: Kuzwayo, Ellen K.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Cape Town, South Africa, Kwela Books: 1998

Seller ID: 3148

Condition: Very Good

Wraps, 13.6 by 18 cm, 56 pp. Very good with minor bumping to the lower corner. From the publisher: “The book provides a unique insight into folkloric African wisdom by analyzing and offering anecdotal usage of Setswana proverbs. The author recounts tales from her rural youth and explains her philosophy on the healing power of proverbs. Also contained are a selection of Setswana proverbs, each with a literal English translation and an explanation of its meaning. The subjects addressed include the individual, the society, and the family.” View more info

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Prince of the Ghetto [Signed]

By: Samuel, Maurice

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 1948

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 3052

Condition: Good

Tan cloth with dark blue spine and cover titles and decorations, lacks dust jacket, 15 by 22 cm, vi 294 pp. Signed by the author on the ffep: “Sincerely Yours / Maurice Samuel.” Good with light wear to the covers, toning on the spine, and a couple of tiny stains on the front cover. The interior is lightly yellowed and there are lower corner creases on five leaves near the back. From a newer edition: “Maurice Samuel presents to the English-reading audience one of the richest spirits of the Yiddish language to appear at the beginning of the twentieth century. Through the writings of Is... View more info

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Myth, Literature and the African World

By: Soyinka, Wole

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Cambridge, Cambridge University Press: 2000

Edition: later printing

Seller ID: 2705

Condition: Very Good +

Wraps, 13.8 by 21.5 cm, xii 168 pp. Very good with only faint signs of shelf wear to the wraps – appears unread. From the publisher: “Wole Soyinka, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature and one of the foremost living African writers, here analyses the interconnecting worlds of myth, ritual and literature in Africa. The ways in which the African world perceives itself as a cultural entity, and the differences between its essential unity of experience and literary form and the sense of division pervading Western literature, are just some of the issues addressed. The centrality of ritua... View more info

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The History of Rinaldo Rinaldini, Captain of Banditti [Two Volumes in One]

By: Vulpius, Christian August; I. Hinkley, trans.

Price: $60.00

Publisher: Philadelphia/New York, Perry/Nafis: 1845

Seller ID: 3048

Condition: Very Good

Published by John B. Perry, No 198 Market Street / New York: N.C. Nafis, No. 278 Pearl Street, 1845. Brown cloth with gilt spine titles and striking images of a bandit and skull and crossbones, 8.5 by 13 cm, 198, 214 pp. with two frontis images at the start of each volume. Wear at the corners and head and tail of the spine, and the front and rear joints are cracked but intact. Foxing on the endpapers and an owner’s name, dated 1848, on the ffep, and upside down on the rear fep. “Translated from the German of Vulvius [sic]” by Hinkley, these tales of the Robber Captain captivated Germa... View more info

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Over the Old Ozark Trails in the Shepherd of the Hills Country [Signed]

By: [Harold Bell Wright] Spurlock, Pearl

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Branson, MO, The White River Leader: 1942

Edition: Third Edition

Inscription: Author

Seller ID: 3042

Condition: Very Good

Hardcover, no jacket, burgundy cloth with gilt and blue cover titles and decorations, 14.5 by 20.4 cm, 130 pp., illus. with 63 photos. Very good with light wear to the foot of the spine and lower corner of the front cover, and some faint foxing here and there. The ffep is signed and inscribed by Spurlock twice: “‘Sparky’ Pearl Spurlock, Branson Missouri. ‘Shepherd of the Hills, Guide’” and “To Estelle and Frank, with every good wish, ‘Sparky.’” In a different hand is written “Oct-44 / where we honey mooned.” Also on the ffep are several stamps including special deli... View more info