On this page you can browse the 43 books on mythology, folklore, and fables that are in stock at Ray Boas, Bookseller in Walpole, New Hampshire, as of January 8, 2014, and here is how to order any of them.

1. Abernethy, Francis Edward (edited by) (line drawings by Linda Miller Roach), PAISANOS: A FOLKLORE MISCELLANY, The Encino Press, Austin, TX, (1978) 1st ed, B&W illustrations, 180pp, very good+ w/very good+ dustjacket (hardcover), This volume covers a wide field of folklore, from the academic to the popular, from the scientific to the mystical, and from studies of uses of the past to practices in folklore that are still very much a part of our lives., (Order No: 49168 ), $7.50

2. Aripa, Lawrence; Yellowtail, Tom; and, other elders (as told by) (edited by Rodney Frey), STORIES THAT MAKE THE WORLD: ORAL LITERATURE OF THE INDIAN PEOPLES OF THE INLAND NORTHWEST, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK, (1995) 1st ptg, B&W illustrations, 264pp, fine w/fine dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 0806127104 An anthology of contemporary Native American literature., (Order No: 30453 ), $15.00

3. Bain, F. W. (translated from the original manuscripts by), A DRAUGHT OF THE BLUE TOGETHER WITH AN ESSENCE OF THE DUSK, G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York, (1906) 6th ptg, B&W illustrations, 245pp, good, blue cloth (hardcover), (Order No: 23955 ), $12.50

4. Barton, Paule (as translated by Howard A. Norman) (drawings by Norman Laliberte, THE WOE SHIRT - CARIBBEAN FOLK TALES, Penmaen Press, Ltd., Lincoln, MA, (1980) 1st ed, B&W illustrations, 62pp, fine, green cloth spine (hardcover) no dustjacket, ISBN 091577836X Out of sequence unnumbered copy signed by the translator and illustrator., (Order No: 55730 ), $85.00

5. Beer, Rudiger Robert, UNICORN: MYTH AND REALITY - A LAVISHLY ILLUSTRATED HISTORY, Mason/Charter, New York, (1977), over 160 B&W and color ill., 215pp, good w/good dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 0884055833 This lavishly illustrated history is the result of over a decade of research. Much new information is presented; the existence of the unicorn was so rooted in Grecian culture, for instance, that even Aristotle developed a theory about the singularity of the horn. The author traces the unicorn's first appearances in Europe, centuries before the birth of Christ, to its arrival in The Cloisters in New York and into the pages of 20th century poetry books., (Order No: 4819 ), $8.50

6. Boatright, Mody C.; Hudson, Wilson M.; and, Maxwell, Allen (edited by), A GOOD TALE AND A BONNIE TUNE, Southern Methodist Univ. Pr., Dallas, TX, (1964), 274pp, very good w/very good dustjacket (hardcover), (Order No: 61317 ), $5.00

7. Boswell, Jeanetta, PAST RUINED ILION... A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF ENGLISH AND AMERICAN LITERATURE BASED ON GRECO-ROMAN MYTHOLOGY, The Scarecrow Press, Inc., Metuchen, NJ, 1982, 321pp, fine, black cloth (hardcover), ISBN 0810815494 The objective of this work is quite simple: to collect and arrange alphabetically by author a wide selection of literature--mostly poems, with a few plays and novels--written on Greco-Roman mythological themes., (Order No: 31316 ), $10.00

8. Burland, Cottie, NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN MYTHOLOGY, Paul Hamlyn, London, (1965), over 100 B&W ill, 24pp color, 153pp, very good w/good dustjacket (hardcover), (Order No: 3148 ), $7.50

9. Burland, Cottie; Nicholson, Irene; and, Osborne, Harold, MYTHOLOGY OF THE AMERICAS, Hamlyn, London, (1970), B&W and color illustrations, 407pp, very good w/very good dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 060030017X A treasure house of human experience which records the advance of man from the simple palaeolithic hunter of the Arctic wastes to the sophisticated, cultured artistocrat of the Aztec and Inca cities., (Order No: 27403 ), $15.00

10. Clancy, Joseph P., PENDRAGON: ARTHUR AND HIS BRITAIN, Praeger Publishers, New York, (1971), B&W illustrations, 136pp, good+ w/good dustjacket (hardcover) owner's inscription, The author treats Arthur as historical fiction and poetic fact., (Order No: 53343 ), $12.00

11. Cunningham, Caroline (stories selected and retold by), THE TALKING STONE: BEING EARLY AMERICAN STORIES TOLD BEFORE THE WHITE MAN'S DAY ON THIS CONTINENT BY THE INDIANS AND ESKIMOS, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1939 1st ed, ill. by Richard Floethe, 118pp, good w/lightly chipped dustjacket, inscribed by the author, These stories tell of a hunter crossing a frozen lake on the ice, of boys shooting with their bows and arrows, of two sisters going out to gather firewood and of a maiden waiting on the shore at twilight hoping to see a certain handsome young brave come paddling home., (Order No: 27566 ), $20.00

12. de Onis, Harriet (selected and edited by), THE GOLDEN LAND: AN ANTHOLOGY OF LATIN AMERICAN FOLKLORE IN LITERATURE, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1948 1st ed, 395pp, very good w/good dustjacket (hardcover), (Order No: 12130 ), $10.00

13. Dorson, Richard M. (edited by), PEASANT CUSTOMS AND SAVAGE MYTHS: SELECTIONS FROM THE BRITISH FOLKLORISTS, VOLUME TWO, Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, (1968), 751pp, very good w/good dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 0710029667 Among those writings represented are Andrew Lang, Sidney Hartland, George Laurence Gomme, Alfred Nutt and Joseph Jacobs. The subjects they discuss range from the origin and dispersion of the Aryans, through the mythopoeic world view of early man, to the animistic philosophy of savages and the survivals of primitive belief among peasants., (Order No: 19546 ), $12.50

14. Ebbutt, M. I., THE BRITISH: MYTHS AND LEGENDS SERIES, Avenel Books, New York, (1986), 64 B&W illustrations, 375pp, very good+ w/very good dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 0517604418 Reprint of the 1910 edition. Sixteen stories dating from the eighth century onward, depicting the ideal hero as pictured in the mind of early medieval Britons., (Order No: 14105 ), $5.00

15. Faraday, W. Barnard, PENDRAGON, University Microfilms, Ann Arbor, MI, (1970), 272pp, very good, red cloth (hardcover) A ZEROX MICROGRAPHIC REPRINT, An authorized facsimile of the original book published in 1930 by Methuen & Co. Ltd., (Order No: 53600 ), $25.00

16. Goldsmith, Thomas and Bewick, Thomas, BEWICK'S SELECT FABLES OF AESOP; TOGETHER WITH THE LIFE OF AESOP, BY OLIVER GOLDSMITH, Richard Ellis/Cheshire House, New York, 1932, B&W illustrations, 138pp, good+, cloth covered boards with paper labels (hardcover), Limited edition of 1,200 copies, signed by Richard W. Ellis., (Order No: 18269 ), $20.00

17. Green, Roger Lancelyn (newly re-told out of the Old Romances by); Reiniger, Lotte (illustrated by), KING ARTHUR AND HIS KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE, Faber and Faber Limited, London, (1964) 3rd ptg, B&W illustrations, 283pp, very good+ w/good+ dustjacket (hardcover), An uncommon hardcover edition of this classic., (Order No: 57519 ), $30.00

18. Grushkin, Philip (handwritten by), FABLES OF AESOP, Archway Press, Inc., New York, (1946), 36pp, very good, gray cloth (hardcover) in very good slipcase, (Order No: 58829 ), $15.00

19. Hamilton, Virginia (told by), IN THE BEGINNING: CREATION STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, San Diego, CA, (1988) 1st ed, ill. by Barry Moser, 161pp, fine w/fine dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 0152387404 A Newberry Honor Book. A collection of twenty-five creation myths stories that will engage and fascinate readers while introducing them to cultures around the world., (Order No: 22318 ), $7.00

20. Hausman, Gerald and Rodriques, Kelvin, AFRICAN-AMERICAN ALPHABET: A CELEBRATION OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND WEST INDIAN CULTURE, CUSTOM, MYTH, AND SYMBOL, St. Martin's Press, New York, (1996) 1st ed, B&W illustrations, 256pp, very good+ w/very good+ dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 0312139195 A historic and poetic A-to-Z collection of legends, traditions, and symbols that represents the great depth and breadth of African, Caribbean, and African-American culture., (Order No: 17920 ), $5.00

21. Helman, Cecil, THE BODY OF FRANKENSTEIN'S MONSTER: ESSAYS IN MYTH AND MEDICINE, W. W. Norton Company, New York, (1992) 1st Amer, 151pp, very good w/very good dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 0393031047 A medical doctor, Helman explores how concepts, words, and images based on history and society's beliefs, rather than just scientific facts, help to make sense of our body's symptoms and cyclical changes, and their relationships to other human bodies within the same society. Review press release laid in., (Order No: 18060 ), $7.50

22. Herbert, Henry William, THE KNIGHTS OF ENGLAND, FRANCE, AND SCOTLAND --LEGENDS OF LOVE AND CHIVALRY, Redfield, New York, 1852, 426pp, good, black cloth (hardcover) light wear to spine and edges, Contents include: Legends Of The Norman Conquerors; Legends Of The Crusaders; Legends Of Feudal Days; Legends Of Scotland., (Order No: 54162 ), $35.00

23. Ions, Veronica (introduction by Jacquetta Hawkes), THE WORLD'S MYTHOLOGY IN COLOR, Chartwell Books, Inc., Secaucus, NJ, (1987), color illustrations, 350pp, very good+ w/very good+ dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 155521195X Here is the world's mythology! It is the expression of man's early efforts to find an explanation for the world he lived in, for the forces that governed his life--and his need to ascribe to them the good or evil things that befell him., (Order No: 16437 ), $8.50

24. Karr, Phyllis Ann, THE KING ARTHUR COMPANION: THE LEGENDARY WORLD OF CAMELOT AND THE ROUND TABLE, Reston Publishing Company, Reston, VA, (1983) 1st ed, B&W illustrations, 174pp, very good w/very good dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 0835936988 This volume contains about 700 entries, all arranged in alphabetical order, and fully cross-referenced. The most prominent feature of this book is a "who's who" of Arthurian legend. Also included are separate sections on "what's what" (as with famous weapons) and a "where's where" with many geographical identifications from actual maps of ancient Britain., (Order No: 52149 ), $15.00

25. Kiernan, Thomas J. (newly told and with commentaries by), THE WHITE HOUND OF THE MOUNTAIN; AND OTHER IRISH FOLK TALES, The Devin-Adair Company, New York, 1962, ill. by Elizabeth Rivers, 172pp, very good w/good+ dustjacket (hardcover), (Order No: 10373 ), $7.50

26. Kroeber, Theodora (foreword by Oliver La Farge), THE INLAND WHALE, Indiana University Press, Bloomington, IN, (1959), ill. by Joseph Crivy, 205pp, good+ w/good dustjacket (hardcover), These nine stories from the California Indians emphasize the common nature of men and women., (Order No: 41427 ), $7.50

27. Leeming, David and Page, Jake, GODDESS: MYTHS OF THE FEMALE DIVINE, Oxford University Press, New York, 1994 1st ptg, B&W illustrations, 189pp, very good w/very good dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 0195086392 The authors have sifted through the thousands of incarnations of Goddess, recasting and rewriting some 75 of the most potent and meaningful of these myths into one seamless narrative tracing this vibrant and timeless figure from prehistory to the present., (Order No: 24740 ), $5.00

28. Lowe, Pardee (translated from the Icelandic by) (with original wood engravings by Michael McCurdy), KING HARALD AND THE ICELANDERS, Penmaen Press, Limited, Lincoln, MA, (1979)1st ed, B&W illustrations, 45pp, very good+ w/very good+ dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 0195778211 One of one thousand copies., (Order No: 59343 ), $35.00

29. Lowe, Pardee (translated from the Icelandic by) (with original wood engravings by Michael McCurdy), KING HARALD AND THE ICELANDERS, Penmaen Press, Limited, Lincoln, MA, (1979) 1st ed, B&W illustrations, 45pp, fine, 3/4 vellum, paper covered boards (hardcover) acetate cover, ISBN 019577822X One of one hundred numbered copies signed by the translator and the artist., (Order No: 59344 ), $200.00

30. Martin, Fran (retold by), RAVEN-WHO-SETS-THINGS-RIGHT: INDIAN TALES OF THE NORTHWEST COAST, Harper & Row, Publishers, New York, (1975), ill. by Dorothy McEntee, 90pp, very good+ w/very good dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 060240717 A revised edition, with all new art, of NINE TALES OF THE RAVEN., (Order No: 37274 ), $25.00

31. Meagher, Robert Emmet, HELEN: MYTH, LEGEND, AND THE CULTURE OF MISOGYNY, Continuum, New York, (1995), 191pp, very good+ w/very good+ dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 0826408508 This work draws on the most reliable of the Helen books and offers a portrait of Helen as the archetypal woman of Western culture., (Order No: 38909 ), $8.50

32. Napaljarri, Peggy Rockman & Cataldi, Lee (collected and translated by), WARLPIRI DREAMINGS AND HISTORIES (YIMIKIRLI): NEWLY RECORDED STORIES FROM THE ABORIGINAL ELDERS OF CENTRAL AUSTRALIA, HarperCollins Publishers, San Francisco, CA, (1994) 1st ptg, B&W illustrations, 193pp, fine w/fine dustjacket (hardcover) review brochure laid in, ISBN 0060661259 A fascinating journey into the living mythology of the Warlpiri people of Central Australia. The Jukurrpa or "Dreaming" is the basis of Warlpiri culture and law. This collection of fifteen stories from Warlpiri elders reflects the importance of the Dreaming in all of its manifestations., (Order No: 12391 ), $10.00

33. Palmer, Geoffrey and Lloyd, Noel, STARLIGHT AND SPELLS, Roy Publishers, Inc., New York, (1969), ill. by Rowel Friers, 144pp, good+ w/good dustjacket (hardcover), This book contains folk tales from here, there and everywhere, told in a fresh, vivid style with lots of chuckles and a few creepy moments., (Order No: 31248 ), $15.00

34. Parrinder, Geoffrey, AFRICAN MYTHOLOGY, Paul Hamlyn, London, (1967), B&W and color illustrations, 141pp, good+ w/good+ dustjacket (hardcover), (Order No: 12410 ), $7.50

35. Philip, Neil, THE TALE OF SIR GAWAIN, Philomel Books, New York, (1987), ill. by Charles Keeping, 103pp, very good+ w/very good+ dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 0399214887 Sir Gawain, nephew of King Arthur, lies wounded outside the besieged castle in France where Sir Lancelot has fled. The glorious Round Table has crumbled under the weight of jealous rivalries, and a way of life is about to end forever., (Order No: 53226 ), $7.50

36. Ruskin, John, THE QUEEN OF THE AIR: BEING A STUDY OF THE GREEK MYTHS OF CLOUD AND STORM, John Wiley & Sons, Pub., New York, 1888, 178pp, good, decorated green cloth, teg (hardcover), Contents include: Athena in the Heavens; Athena in the Earth; Athena in the Heart., (Order No: 45520 ), $12.50

37. Saltus, Edgar (compiled from the best authorities by), THE LOVERS OF THE WORLD - VOLUME I AND VOLUME III - ONLY, Peter Fenelon Collier, Pub., New York, n.c. c1900, B&W illustrations, good, brown cloth (hardcover), "A Chronicle of The Sensational Dramas, Enchanting Romances, Tragical Histories, Pathetic Trials, Fierce Passions and Pure Hearts of All Who Have Lived and Loved From the Earliest Times to the Present Day with Faithful Descriptions of the Virtus and Charms Which Inspired Them and the Joys and Disasters Which They Caused." Two of three volumes only: Volume I, 372pp; and, Volume III, 381pp., (Order No: 44576 ), $45.00

38. Thomas, Howard, FOLKLORE FROM THE ADIRONDACK FOOTHILLS, Prospect Books, Utica, NY, 1980, B&W illustrations, 15000, very good+ w/very good dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 0913710024 First published in 1958., (Order No: 59834 ), $8.00

39. Thrum, Thos. G. (compiled by), HAWAIIAN FOLK TALES: A COLLECTION OF NATIVE LEGENDS - THIRD EDITION, A. C. McClurg & Co., Chicago, IL, 1917 1st ed, B&W illustrations, 284pp, very good, brown cloth, teg (hardcover) light edgewear, (Order No: 57144 ), $60.00

40. Uminski, Sigmund H., TALES OF EARLY POLAND, Endurance Press, Detroit, MI, 1968 1st ed, ill. by Alice Wadowski, 100pp, very good w/good+ dustjacket (hardcover), (Order No: 61221 ), $8.00

41. Whitehead, John, GUARDIAN OF THE GRAIL: A NEW LIGHT ON THE ARTHURIAN LEGEND, Barnes & Noble Books, New York, (1993), B&W frontis, 352pp, fine w/fine dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 1566193850 Whitehead has developed a new and revolutionary theory as to the true identity of King Arthur. Whitehead argues that Arthur was Arwirag the Briton, who contended against the Roman Emperor Claudius and later endowed Glastonbury, the historical Caractacus., (Order No: 53195 ), $12.50

42. Wister, A. L. (translated from the German of George Blum and Louis Wahl), SEASIDE AND FIRESIDE FAIRIES, Ashmead & Evans, Philadelphia, PA, 1864, B&W illustrations, 292pp, very good, rebound in blue buckram cloth (hardcover) EX-LIB, Nice clean and tight copy with minimal EX-LIB markings. An uncommon collection of fairy stories., (Order No: 55132 ), $145.00

43. Woodcock, P. G., DICTIONARY OF MYTHOLOGY, Philosophical Library, New York, (1981), 156pp, very good w/good dustjacket (hardcover), ISBN 0802219276 First published in 1953., (Order No: 16373 ), $5.00

Ray Boas, Bookseller