Fairy Legends And Traditions Of The South Of Ireland (Classic Reprint)
Publish Date: 2016-11-16
Author: Thomas Crofton Croker
Excerpt from Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland
The erudite Lessing styles a preface the history of a book. Now, though there can be no necessity for a preface in that sense of the word to the reprint of a work of mere whim, which has been nearly ten years before the public, yet a few words are requisite to prevent the present condensed and revised edition from being considered an abridgment.
However compact may be the mode of printing adopted, the act of compressing into one volume the three in which the Fairy Legends originally appeared, involved to a certain extent the necessity of selection, perhaps the most difficult of all tasks judiciously to perform; but the following statement will show the system proceeded on.
Forty tales descriptive of Irish superstitions now appear instead of fifty.
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