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Abbey Lubbers, Banshees and Boggarts - Katharine Briggs

Kestrel, 1979, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Good+ - in Good+ DJ. DJ slightly ruffled along edges. Boards a little rubbed at extremities. Leans very slightly. Text bright and tight.

From the cover: “Belief in fairies goes back beyond written history, being deeply rooted in the folklore of country communities, and K. M. Briggs has carefully identified and classified the personnel who feature in traditional folk tales, illustrating her entries with fascinating stories drawn from her intimate knowledge of the subject. Abbey lubbers, for instance, were the minor devils which were believed to take up residence in corrupt or dishonest monasteries, feasting from the monastery cellars and kitchens and generally tempting the monks to acts of waywardness. The banshee is the Celtic prophet of death, and a boggart is a mischievous brownie who can play all kinds of tricks on a household, driving them to distraction. The text is authoritative, being based on the author’s Dictionary of Fairies, but the telling is light, concentrating on the story aspect of the entries. The entertaining text is accompanied by seventy-one black and white pictures and stunningly beautiful colour plates.”
Size: 9½" x 6¼"
Number of Pages: 159
ISBN: 0722655371
Cover Art By: Yvonne Gilbert