Secret Commonwealth, Or. Mr. Robert Kirk, 1691, Minister at Aberfoill.
Secret Commonwealth, Or
Secret Commonwealth, Or
Secret Commonwealth, Or
Secret Commonwealth, Or
Secret Commonwealth, Or

Secret Commonwealth, Or. A Treatise displaying the Chiefe Curiosities as they are in Use among diverse of the People of Scotland to this Day.

Llandogo: The Old Stile Press, 2005. 10 x 15. 27 leaves with woodcuts throughout. The 40 woodcuts--many double page or full page -- are printed from the original blocks. Brown leather & a woodcut over boards. Fine. Item #18500

"How much is written of Pigme's, Fairies, Nymphs, Syrens, Apparitions, which tho not the tenth Part true, yet could not spring of nothing!" A minister and gifted scholar of the classics, Kirk published in 1684 the first translation of the Psalms into Gaelic. His 1691 "The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns and Fairies" is still considered an important treatise on fairy-lore. Angela Lemaire provides an Afterword on the Subterranean Otherworld. Her woodcuts achieve the almost impossible task of showing, or half-showing, something which seems only half there, or is not there at all! Printed in Poliphilus type on heavy Hahnemüle Old Antique Laid paper. One of 150 copies signed by the artist.

Price: $650.00

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