Celtic Myth and Legend. Poetry and Romance

SQUIRE, Charles. Celtic Myth and Legend. Poetry and Romance.

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SQUIRE, Charles. Celtic Myth and Legend. Poetry and Romance. London, The Gresham Publishing Company, [1912].

8vo. Original sage-green cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt and black; pp. xiv, 450, numerous plates (four in colour); small spot to outer edge of front cover, offsetting from endpapers, a little spotted; a good copy.
Uncommon first edition. A thorough investigation into the weltanschauUng of the ancient Britons and Celts, ranging from their religion to the Arthurian Legend. "Writing at the beginning of the twentieth century, Charles Squire described his introduction to Celtic mythology as ‘the only attempt yet made to put the English reader into possession, in clear, compact, and what it is hoped may prove agreeable form, of the mythical, legendary and poetic traditions of the earliest inhabitants of our islands who have left us written records - the Gaelic and the British Celts". The needs of readers at the beginning of the twenty-first century have not changed much, and a popular introduction to the subject of Celtic mythology is a very desirable resource. In some ways, Squire’s book still fulfils the criteria he himself established' (Juliette Wood, Cardiff University, Early Celtic Scholarship and the Romantic Celt: Charles Squire online).