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Songs & Tales Books

An English Medieval and Renaissance Song Book - $19.00
Noah Greenberg. 47 vocal works from the 12th to the 17th centuries, including songs by Henry IV and Henry VIII as well as Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, Thomas Ravenscroft, Thomas Morley, John Dowland, and Thomas Weelkes. 224pp. Pb.

Ancient Irish Airs and Dances: 201 Classic Tunes Arranged for the Piano - $25.00
George Petrie. From the hopeful anticipation of "Mary, do you fancy me?" to the bitterness of "Hag, you've killed me," this extraordinary compilation of Irish melodies runs the emotional gamut, with melancholy airs and sprightly reels aplenty. Its source material, The Petrie Collection of the Ancient Music of Ireland, ranks among the most important 19th-century collections of traditional Irish music, with its song texts in both Irish and English, plus George Petrie's detailed notes about the music's origins. Out of print for many years, the Petrie Collection became an extremely rare and much sought-after collector's item; this new edition will bring the cherished old songs into the repertoire of any student or performer of traditional Irish music. Unabridged republication of the edition originally published by Pigott & Co., Dublin, 1877. 144pp. Pb.

Celtic Fairy Tales - $32.00
Joseph Jacobs. We are all familiar with the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. Although they are great stories, those of us of Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Cornish, Manx or any other area peopled by the Celts should share these tales with our children and grandchildren. 168pp. Pb.

Celtic Myth and Legend - $27.00
Charles Squire. The legends of ancient Britain retain a profound allure for readers around the world, assuring a warm reception for this introduction to the colorful pageant of Celtic myth. Its wondrous tales range from the oft-told deeds of Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table to the less-familiar adventures of the mighty Finn and his Fenians, Ulster's Champions of the Red Branch, and other figures from the Gaelic pantheon. Tracing the exploits of kings and saints back to their earliest origins, the author reveals the pagan roots beneath the medieval Christianity and follows the stories' transformations into the fairy tales of the Victorian age. Minimal use of scholarly notes and a highly accessible style make this reader-friendly volume an ideal steppingstone in the path toward the magic cauldron of Celtic myth. 480pp. Pb.

Elizabethan Poetry: An Anthology - $9.00
Bob Blaisdell. This anthology celebrates the wit and imaginative creativity of the Elizabethan poets with a generous selection of their graceful and sophisticated verse. Highlights include sonnets from Shakespeare, Sidney, and Spenser; popular poems by Donne ("Go, and catch a falling star"), Jonson ("Drink to me only with thine eyes"), Marlowe ("The Passionate Shepherd to His Love"); more. 208pp. Pb.

English Fairy Tales - $29.00
Joseph Jacobs. This is the second in our series of Fairy Tales. Our first book - Celtic Fairy Tales — focused on the folklore of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall and the Isle of Man. This book deals with the folklore of the entire area once known as Great Britain. There are tales from England, in addition to tales from Celtic Britain. 168pp. Pb.

Everyman and Other Miracle & Morality Plays - $5.00
Anonymous. Most durable of medieval morality plays, in which the central character, summoned by death, must face final judgment on the strength of his good deeds. Reprinted here along with four other medieval classics: The Second Shepherd's Play, Abraham and Isaac, Noah's Flood and Hickscorner. All from standard texts. 96pp. Pb.

The Hrafnista Sagas - $35.00
Ben Waggoner (Translator). The Norwegian island of Hrafnista was long remembered in medieval Iceland as the ancestral home of a family of powerful chieftains, who were said to have faced and triumphed over dangers ranging from tyrant kings, to storms and famines, to giants, dragons, and sorcery. Descendants of these Men of Hrafnista settled in Iceland and gave rise to prominent families, who passed on tales of their ancestors for generations until they were written down. For the first time, the Old Norse sagas of the Men of Hrafnista — the Saga of Ketil Salmon, the Saga of Grim Shaggy-Cheek, the Saga of Arrow-Odd, and the Saga of An Bow-Bender — have been collected in one volume, in English translation. Enter the world of Viking legend and lore with these tales of high adventure. 272pp. Pb.

John Dowland's Lute Songs: 1st & 2nd Books - $25.00
Transcribed for Voice and Guitar by David Nadal. The preeminent lute virtuoso and composer of the early 17th century, John Dowland wrote numerous songs, both gay and melancholy, that dazzled the courts of England and Europe. This rare compilation features 43 of these splendid works in transcriptions for voice and guitar, plus two dances for solo guitar. Original lute tablature and complete song texts included. 128pp. Pb.

The Mabinogion - $21.00
Lady Charlotte Guest (Translator). The complete collection of eleven prose stories collated from medieval Welsh manuscripts. Drawing on pre-Christian Celtic mythology — with some of the themes having been dated back to the early Iron Age — this marvelous compendium of tales contains some of the oldest European folklore in existence. The source material — the Red Book of Hergest, or Llyfr Goch Hergest, first appeared around 1382 as a complete document, although older manuscript fragments have been found. This new edition has been completely reset, but contains all the wonderful original artwork which appeared in the famous 1902 edition assembled by Welsh scholar Owen Edwards. 278pp. Pb.

Medieval And Renaissance Music for Recorder - $29.00
Robert Bancalari. A unique assortment of 40 short pieces written for soprano recorder with suggested guitar chords. Selection include: Trouvere (Or la Truix); Estampie; La Rotta; Saltarello; Der Neve Villancico; Basse Dance (La Volunte'); Hoboeckentanz; Der Heiligen Drei Konige Aufzug; Polnischer Tanz; and more. A glossary and brief performance notes are provided. 32pp. Pb.

Medieval Lays & Legends of Marie de France - $14.00
An artful storyteller whose tales continue to enthrall modern readers, the twelfth-century poet known as Marie de France transformed folklore and legends into a distinctive variety of romance. Knights, fairies, princes in disguise, and werewolves populate her captivating variations on Arthurian myths and other stories of magic and mystery. Many of her tales are rooted in Celtic and Breton traditions; seven centuries later, her rhythmic and colored language retains its charm and offers insights into medieval customs and philosophy. In addition, this volume features two famous medieval romances, "A Story of Beyond the Sea" and "The Chatelaine of Vergi." 240pp. Pb.

Medieval Tales & Stories - $23.00
Edited & translated by Stanley Appelbaum. Ranging from half page morality tales to hilarious bawdy stories several pages long, these centuries old narratives offer revealing glimpses into many elements of medieval culture. Chosen from ten well known medieval collections, almost all the pieces included here are hard to find in any language, and only a handful have been translated into English previously. Newly translated from Latin, Italian, Spanish, French, and German originals. 244pp. Pb.

Myths and Legends of the Middle Ages - $39.00
H A Guerber. Enthralling tales of Beowulf, Charlemagne, Siegfried, Arthur and Guinevere, Merlin, Tristan and Iseult, El Cid and others, invaluable for what they reveal to us of European cultures in medieval times. The 36 illustrations include works by Edward Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Willy Pogany. Folklorist and mythologist H. A. Guerber's splendid retelling of the myths is preceded by her enlightening introduction to their cultural and historical roots. 464pp. Pb.

Norse Gods and Goddesses Coloring Book - $7.00
Jeff A Menges. Exciting coloring book introduces colorists to the ancient legends and exploits of Nordic deities. Fourteen large illustrations, with text on facing pages, describe the feats of Odin, the Father of the gods; Aegir, the much-feared master of the seas; Thor and his mighty hammer; the mischievous Loki; and other mythical figures. 32pp. Pb.

One Hundred English Folk Songs - $43.00
Cecil J Sharp. Border ballads, folksongs, collected from all over Great Britain. "Lord Bateman," "Henry Martin," "The Green Wedding," many others. Piano. 235pp. Pb.

Petrie's Complete Irish Music: 1582 Traditional Melodies - $64.00
George Petrie. Edward Bunting fell into his destiny when, at the age of 19, he was commissioned to write down the tunes performed at a gathering of traditional harp players in Belfast in July 1792. This innocent beginning signaled the start of a 100-year process of enormous importance: the preservation of a country's music, which otherwise might be lost forever. In time, Bunting passed the torch to apprentice George Petrie who, in turn, became instrumental in founding the Society for the Preservation and Publication of the Melodies of Ireland, which published Petrie's first collection in 1855. Finally, it was Petrie's daughter who entrusted the much-honored Sir Charles Stanford with three bound volumes of her father's work, leading to the ultimate compilation, published in 1905, of 1,582 traditional melodies--the musical wealth of a nation. Unabridged Dover republication, in one volume, of The Complete Collection of Irish Music as Noted by George Petrie from the Original Manuscripts--the three-volume set originally completed by the Irish Literary Society of London between 1902 and 1905. 448pp. Pb.

Poetry From Chaucer to Spenser - $9.00
Derek Pearsall & Duncan Wu. Opening with extracts from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and closing with Spenser's Shepherd's Calendar, this concise collection introduces readers to some of the most influential poetry produced between the mid-fourteenth and late sixteenth centuries. It provides a concise selection of the most important late medieval poetry. 208pp. Pb.

Recorder Book of Medieval and Renaissance Music - $29.00
Franz Zeidler. A fine collection of early music ranging from Gregorian chants and medieval dances to late-Renaissance compositions. Eighteen pieces are included and are arranged for one, two and even three recorders. 20pp. Pb.

Sagas of Fridthjof the Bold - $28.00
Ben Waggoner (Translator). Popular in the 19th century for its sweeping, adventurous, romantic plot and tender love story, the Saga of Fridthjof the Bold was largely neglected in the 20th century. Now, a new and fresh translation of both versions of this Old Norse saga restores it to glory. Also included is the swashbuckling Saga of Thorstein Vikingsson, the father of the hero Fridthjof; the Tale of King Vikar, telling of Fridthjof's descendants; and plenty of notes and commentary giving the saga's historical and cultural background. These tales of adventure, war, magic, and love can still thrill the heart today, as they did centuries ago. 184pp. Pb.

Sagas of Giants and Heroes - $42.00
Ben Waggoner (Translator). Huge in stature; living in far-distant wastelands; sometimes comically stupid or crude; but possessing vast wealth and knowledge — such are the giants of Norse myth and legend. Four Icelandic sagas and six tales, spanning five centuries, are brought together for the first time in all-new English translations. All tell of mighty giants, and of the heroes who dared to face them, fight them, and sometimes befriend them. The giants and trolls of old still live on in these legendary sagas of old times. These tales of epic voyages, wars, and romance will appeal to both scholars of Norse mythology and fans of Viking adventure. The sagas include the Saga of the Kjalarnes People, the Saga of Halfdan Brana's Fosterling, the Saga of Sorli the Strong, and the Saga of Illugi Grid's Fosterling. The six shorter tales are: the Tale of Halfdan the Black, the Tale of Hauk High-Breeches, the Tale of Jokul Buason, the Tale of Brindle-Cross, an excerpt from the Saga of the Fljotsdal People, and the Tale of Asmund Ogre-Lucky. 258pp. Pb.

Sagas of Ragnar Lodbrok - $29.00
Ben Waggoner (Translator). Although based on historical persons from the 9th century, Ragnar Lodbrok and his sons are the subjects of compelling legends dating from the Viking era. Warriors, raiders, and rulers, Ragnar and his sons inspired unknown writers to set down their stories over seven centuries ago. This volume presents new and original translations of the three major Old Norse texts that tell Ragnar's story: the Saga of Ragnar Lodbrok, the Tale of Ragnar's Sons, and the Sögubrot. Ragnar's death song, the Krákumál, and a Latin fragment called the List of Swedish Kings, complete the story. Extensive notes and commentary are provided, helping the reader to enter the world of these timeless stories of Viking adventure. 149pp. Pb.

Say What I Am: Old English Riddles From the Exeter Book - $15.00
Ben Waggoner (Translator). A selection of thirty of the riddles from the great Old English poetic manuscript, the Exeter Book. Original texts are given with translations on the facing page. Each riddle gives a vivid glimpse into Old English daily life; birds and beasts, weapons and tools, men and women all speak to us from a thousand years ago. 78pp. Pb.

Selected Canterbury Tales - $7.00
Geoffrey Chaucer. At the Tabard Inn in Southwark, in the London of the late 1300s, a band of men and women from all walks of life have gathered to begin a pilgrimage to the shrine of Thomas ŕ Becket at Canterbury. To relieve the tedium of the journey, the host of the inn proposes that each of the pilgrims tell a favorite story, promising that the best storyteller will be treated to a fine dinner on the group's return to Southwark. So begins one of the earliest masterpieces of English literature, a collection of stories as much prized for the portraits of its story tellers as for the stories they tell — portraits that reveal much of the rich social fabric of 14th-century England. Now three of the most popular tales — along with the charming General Prologue have been selected for this edition: The Knight's Tale, The Miller's Prologue and Tale, and The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale. Animated by Chaucer's sly humor, flair for characterization and wise humanity, the stories have been recast into modern verse that captures the lively spirit of the originals. Highly entertaining, they represent an excellent entree to the rest of The Canterbury Tales and to the pleasures of medieval poetry in general. 144pp. Pb.

Six Sagas of Adventure - $35.00
Ben Waggoner (Translator). A hero breaks into the tomb of an undead Viking to win fabulous treasure. . . a wise king faces enemy armies and hostile magic to win brides for himself and his warriors. . . a rakish outlaw seduces beautiful women and fights monsters on his quest to clear his name. . . a lazy and reluctant boy survives slavery, treachery, and deadly sorcery as he grows into the greatest hero. . . The sagas newly translated in this book are Gautrek's Saga (in two versions), The Saga of Hrolf Gautreksson, The Saga of Bosi and Herraud, The Saga of Sturlaug the Hard-Working, The Saga of Hrolf the Walker, and The Saga of Hromund Gripsson. Written in Iceland beginning in the 1400s, these are some of the most popular Old Norse tales of high adventure. Viking legends, mythology, and lore were blended with medieval romances of chivalry to create these "sagas of adventure". Packed with sudden plot twists, dreadful villains, damsels in distress, and a generous dash of humor, these tales have never lost their power to delight. 360pp. Pb.

The Canterbury Tales - $15.00
Geoffrey Chaucer. A group of pilgrims bound for Canterbury Cathedral agree to pass the weary miles by taking turns at storytelling—thus begins English literature’s greatest collection of chivalric romances, bawdy tales, fables, legends, and other stories. The 14th-century pilgrims represent a range of philosophies, professions, and temperaments, and their vivid, realistic characterizations assured the Tales an instant and enduring success. Each pilgrim’s story can be read separately and appreciated in its own right; all appear here in a lucid translation into modern English verse by J. U. Nicholson. 576pp. Pb.

The Decameron - $9.00
Giovanni Boccaccio. While the Black Death rages through 14th-century Florence, a group of young people retreat to the healthful air of the countryside and amuse themselves by telling tales of romance and adventure. This is the premise of Boccaccio's Decameron, a landmark of early Renaissance literature and one of the world's great story collections. Vast in scope, teeming with colorful characters, and rich in worldly wisdom, these 25 tales from the original 100 encompass a variety of genres — folktales, ancient myths, fables, and anecdotes ranging from earthy satires of hypocritical clergy to gripping tales of murder and revenge and stories of passionate love. Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Keats drew upon Boccaccio's masterpiece for inspiration, and the grand old storyteller's fables continue to captivate modern readers. 192pp. Pb.

The Miller's Tale - $14.00
Geoffrey Chaucer. E B Richmond (trans). Taking the stage after the Knight and his lofty tale of courtly love, the drunken miller regales the pilgrims with the account of a young scholar, Nicholas, who persuades his aged landlord's beautiful young wife to go to bed with him. Having successfully duped the husband and made his conquest, he finds himself the butt of his own practical joke played on a rival suitor, in the process giving rise to a famously farcical end sequence. It is of course one of Chaucer's bawdiest stories and has titillated thousands of readers over the centuries. The story is presented in Chaucerian English on one page, and modern translation by E.B. Richmond on the facing page. 80pp. Pb.

The Nibelungenlied - $5.00
D G Mowatt (Trans). An epic tale of heroism and treachery, romance and revenge, The Nibelungenlied — perhaps best known as the source for Wagner's Ring cycle — has entertained readers for centuries. This prose translation of the ancient poem offers a gripping account of the downfall of a royal house, the Burgundians, of Nibelungen. Written by an unknown poet at the turn of the 12th and 13th centuries, this saga draws on legends from Scandinavian and German literature. The first half recounts the life and death of Sifrid (Siegfried), the dragon-slaying superman who possesses a magic treasure and whose matchless bravery and strength can only be undone through betrayal. In the second half, Sifrid's noble queen Kriemhilde carries out a year-long quest for vengeance, destroying not only thousands of her countrymen but all of her kinsmen as well. This fine translation will appeal to all lovers of epics and tales in the chivalric tradition, as well as to students of Germanic and Scandinavian literature. 225pp. Pb.

The Song of Roland - $5.00
Anonymous. The first and greatest of French literature's epics, this eleventh-century tale of romance and heroism embodies all the power and majesty of its predecessors from other cultures. Its narrative framework echoes that of classical mythology, and it melds European historic accounts and legends of the troubadours with folklore from the Far East. This crystalline translation by Leonard Bacon does full justice to the timeless tale of the warrior Roland, nephew to Charlemagne and prince of the Holy Roman Empire. A patriotic and poetic story of valor, betrayal, and revenge, it represents a landmark in world literature. 144pp. Pb.

The Wakefield Cycle of Mystery Plays (Or the Towneley Cycle) - $31.00
Anonymous. The Wakefield or Towneley Mystery Plays are a series of thirty-two mystery plays based on the Bible most likely performed around Corpus Christi day in (again, most likely) the town of Wakefield, England during the late Middle Ages until 1576. It is one of only four surviving English mystery play cycles. The unique manuscript, now housed at the Huntington Library, San Marino, California, originated in the mid-fifteenth century. The manuscript came into the possession of the Towneley family in 1814, who lent their name it. Although almost the entire manuscript is in a fifteenth-century hand, the cycle was performed as early as the fourteenth century in an earlier form. The Wakefield Cycle is most renowned for the inclusion of "The Second Shepherds' Play," one of the jewels of medieval theatre. 461pp. Pb.

Tirant Lo Blanc - $20.00
Joanot Martorell & Marti Joan de Galba; Translated by David H Rosenthal. Written by Joanot Martorell, with the collaboration of Martí Joan de Galba, and published in 1490. It tells how the brave knight, Tirant lo Blanc, after spending some time in England, where he trains as a knight, returns to Brittany. Accompanied by the son of the King of France, he decides to counteract the siege suffered by the island of Rhodes from the Genoese and the Sultan of Cairo. Tirant also defeats the Turks, who have invaded Constantinople, dominates North Africa and Persia, marries Carmesina, daughter of the emperor, and is named Caesar of the Empire. He dies when he returns to Constantinople after one of his companies. Martorell embodied the desire rooted in all the Christian peoples of his time to liberate Constantinople from the power of the Turks. It alternates the sentimental episodes with the warriors, the narrative passages with the doctrinal and reflective, and the solemn style with the colloquial. A prominent place is occupied by humor, irony, and humorous scenes. A remarkable work of fiction, probably the finest to appear anywhere in Europe before Rabelais, it has recently become increasingly familiar to English readers. However, it is a problematic book to categorise: on the one hand, it is an exciting story of Tirant's military exploits and his love for the Princess Carmesina; on the other, it is an encyclopedic work treating many aspects of late fifteenth-century society in vivid detail. Hb.

The Vampire in Lore and Legend - $25.00
Montague Summers. Riveting study by a leading authority on witchcraft and occult phenomena examines the history of vampirism in Europe, exploring the presence of vampires in Greek and Roman lore, in England during Anglo-Saxon times, in Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria and even modern Greece. A fascinating, sometimes horrifying book. 352pp. Pb.

The Werewolf in Lore and Legend - $25.00
Montague Summers. The first definitive work on werewolfery, this book was written by a venerable author of occult studies. Unsurpassed in its sheer scope and depth, it employs a theological and philosophical approach, incorporating an extensive range of historical documentation and folklore. Summers examines the supernatural practice of shapeshifting, notes the finer distinctions between werewolfery and lycanthropy, and explores the differences of opinion on exactly how ordinary humans are transformed into creatures of "unbridled cruelty, bestial ferocity, and ravening hunger." His Gothic style, rich in fascinating examples and anecdotes, offers compelling fare for lovers of esoteric lore. Unabridged republication of the classic 1933 edition. 336pp. Pb.