English Folklore by T. F. Thiselton Dyer


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A collection of English folklore, originally published in alignment with the formation of the Folklore Society in London in 1878. Includes the lore of plants, the moon, charms, marriage, death, the weather and more.

‘The mandrake has been the source of much superstition throughout the south of England, said to have a human heart at its root. It was once believed that the person who pulled the mandrake root would instantaneously fall dead. The root was thought to shriek or groan when separated from the earth, and whoever heard the shriek died soon after or became afflicted with madness.’

London: David Bogue, 1880. Second edition, revised. Hardcover. 290pp + 32pp adverts to the rear. Publisher’s brown cloth with floral illustration and gilt-decorated titles to boards and spine, top edge gilded. Front-hinge starting but binding sound and all pages strong, corners bumped, slight lean to spine, text clean. A very good copy.