Essays in Little: The White Friars Library of Wit & Humour

Essays in Little: The White Friars Library of Wit & Humour

Andrew Lang

Henry and Co., 1891


Limited edition, #114 of 150 large paper copies.  4to, 26.5 x 19.5 cm. Bound in contemporary three-quarters navy morocco leather over foliate board.  Gilt floral spine compartments with small red morocco inlays and raised bands.  Top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed.  Joints, corners, spine ends and edges modestly rubbed. Internally clean. Book plate of Wroth Periam Christopher Lethbridge (1863-1950, 5th Baronet) on front pastedown.  Lethbridge was served in the 3rd Battalion Princess of Wales' Own West Yorkshire Regiment, 1st Baronet Leicestershire Regiment and 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards, 1885. .

Andrew Lang was a prolific Scottish scholar, folklorist, anthropologist, historian, and classic children's author.  He is best known for his popular 12 volume fairy books.  His work, "represents the first maturing of a scientific interest in the folk narrative as a means of discovering the nature of primeval man and the details of his unrecorded history.  "The student of this lore," he wrote, "can look back and see the long trodden way behind him, the winding tracks through marsh and forest and ever burning sands" (Green 1946, p. 37).  His contention that the myth is a "historical" document, useful for the revelation of a cultural or value system, became so generally accepted as an assumption in anthropology that his originality is often forgotten." - Jacob W. Gruber, International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2008.

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