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Songs & Tales Books

A Handbook of Norse Mythology - $14.00
Karl Mortensen. A fascinating portrait of primitive Scandinavian lore, this book recounts the birth and ascendancy of the gods, with profiles of the chief deities and their associated myths. In addition, this volume chronicles ancient forms of worship and religious practices and retells several famous hero sagas. 126pp. 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.

The Decameron - $8.00
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.

Early Medieval Harp: A Practical Guide - $44.00
Ron Cook. This book provides an introduction to historical performance on the 12th- and 13th-century harp, including information as to the form and tuning of the instrument; its probable repertoire; the development of period performance skills, including ornamentation and improvisation; and the use of the harp in medieval storytelling. 72pp. Pb.

Elizabethan Poetry: An Anthology - $7.00
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.

The Final Battle of Gisli Sursson: A Picture Book/ Lokabardagi Gisla Surssonar: Myndasaga - $39.00
William R Short. Gísla saga tells the Viking-age story of Gisli Sursson, a valiant man whose luck sometimes deserted him, and so ultimately, he was declared an outlaw. In his final battle, Gisli faced Eyjolf and fourteen armed men. He fought them to his death, killing many of them and wounding all of them before he was overcome. This book tells the story of that battle in brilliant photographs, with text from the saga in both English translation and in the original Icelandic. The photos were taken where the battle took occurred, standing in the footsteps of the people who fought and died there over 1000 years ago. 52pp. 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.

John Dowland's Lute Songs: 3rd & 4th Books - $25.00
Transcribed for voice and guitar and edited by David Nadal. Unsurpassed in his day as a lute virtuoso, John Dowland (1563–1626) today continues to delight singers, musicians, and music lovers alike. This collection of 45 songs includes all the works in Dowland's original third and fourth books of lute songs, the composer's contributions to his son's anthology of 1610, and a dance for solo guitar — all in an affordable, handsomely engraved edition that is both practical and scholarly. 144pp. 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.

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.

Playing the Harpsichord - $18.00
Howard Schott. This concise volume by an expert is not only a practical manual for the performer but also an authoritative history of the instrument. In covering the essentials of performance practice and musical style for the classical repertoire, the text provides important suggestions for mastering basic touch, fingering, articulation and phrasing, rhythm and tempo, ornaments such as the trill, slide, turn, and arpeggio; ensemble playing; and other fundamentals. 240pp. Pb.

The Poetic Edda: The Mythological Poems - $19.00
Henry Adams Bellows. The vibrant Old Norse poems in this 13th-century collection recapture the ancient oral traditions of the Norsemen. These mythological poems include the Voluspo, one of the broadest literary conceptions of the world's creation and ultimate destruction; the Lokasenna, a comedy bursting with vivid characterizations; and more. 288pp. 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 - $34.00
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 - $19.00
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.

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 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 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.

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.