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  1. Addy, Sidney, Oldall. Household Tales with Other Traditional Remains Collected in the Counties of York, Lincoln, Derby, and Nottingham. London: David Nutt; Sheffield: Pawson and Brailsford, 1895.

  2. Andrews, William. Old Church Lore. Hull: William Andrews and Company; London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent, and Company, 1891.

  3. Armistead, Wilson. Tales and Legends of the English Lakes. London: Simpkin, Marshall and Company; Glasgow: Thomas D. Morison, 1891.

  4. Atkinson, John Christopher. Forty Years in a Moorland Parish: Reminiscences and Researches in Danby in Cleveland. With maps. London and New York: Macmillan and Company, 1891.

  5. Aubrey, John. Miscellanies upon Various Subjects. 5th edition, to which is added Hydriotaphia; or, Urn Burial by Sir Thomas Browne. London: Reeves and Turner, 1890.

  6. Axon, William E. A. Bygone Sussex. London: William Andrews and Company, 1897.

  7. Axon, William E. A. Cheshire Gleanings. Manchester: Tubbs, Brook, and Chrystal; London: Simpkin, Marshall, and Company, 1884.

  8. Axon, William E. A. Stray Chapters in Literature, Folk-Lore, and Archaeology. London: John Heywood, 1888.

  9. Balfour, M. C. County Folk-Lore, vol. 4: Examples of Printed Folk-Lore Concerning Northumberland. Edited by Northcote W. Thomas. London: Published for the Folk-Lore Society by David Nutt, 1904.

  10. Barham, Richard Harris. See Ingoldsby, Thomas.

  11. Baring-Gould, Sabine. A Book of the West: Being an Introduction to Devon and Cornwall. Vol. 1: Devon. London: Methuen and Company, 1899.

  12. Baring-Gould, Sabine. A Book of the West: Being an Introduction to Devon and Cornwall. Vol. 2: Cornwall. London: Methuen and Company, 1899.

  13. Baring-Gould, Sabine. Devonshire Characters and Strange Events. With 55 full-page illustrations reproduced from old prints, etc. London and New York: John Lane, 1908.

  14. Baring-Gould, Sabine. Old English Fairy Tales. 3rd edition. Illustrated by F. D. Bedford. London: Methuen and Company, [1906].

  15. Baring-Gould, Sabine, and H. Fleetwood Sheppard. Songs and Ballads of the West: A Collection Made from the Mouths of the People. London: Methuen and Company, 1891. This digital text is presented by the Internet Archive.

  16. Baring-Gould, Sabine. Yorkshire Oddities, Incidents, and Strange Events. New and revised edition. London: Methuen and Company, 1890.

  17. Bethell, Augusta. See Parker, Augusta.

  18. Blakeborough, Richard. Wit, Character, Folklore, and Customs of the North Riding of Yorkshire. With a glossary of over 4,000 words and idioms now in use. London: Henry Frowde, 1898.

  19. Bottrell, William. Stories and Folk-Lore of West Cornwall. With illustrations by Joseph Blight. 3rd series. Penzance: Printed for the author by F. Rodda, 1880.

  20. Bottrell, William. Traditions and Hearthside Stories of West Cornwall. [1st series.] Penzance: Printed for the author by W. Cornish, 1870.

  21. Bottrell, William. Traditions and Hearthside Stories of West Cornwall. With illustrations by Joseph Blight. 2nd series. Penzance: Printed for the author by Beare and Son, 1873.

  22. Bowker, James. Goblin Tales of Lancashire. With illustrations from drawings by the late Charles Gliddon. London: W. Swan Sonnenschein and Company, [1883]. This digital version is presented by the Internet Archive.

  23. Brand, John. Observations on Popular Antiquities: Including the Whole of Mr. [Henry] Bourne's Antiquitates Vulgares, with Addenda to Every Chapter of That Work. Newcastle upon Tyne: Printed by T. Saint, for J. Johnson, 1777.

  24. Brand, John. Observations on Popular Antiquities: Chiefly Illustrating the Origin of Our Vulgar Customs, Ceremonies, and Superstitions. Arranged, revised, and greatly enlarged for this edition by Henry Ellis. Vol. 1. London: Charles Knight and Company, 1841.

  25. Brand, John. Observations on Popular Antiquities: Chiefly Illustrating the Origin of Our Vulgar Customs, Ceremonies, and Superstitions. Arranged, revised, and greatly enlarged for this edition by Henry Ellis. A new edition, with further additions. Vol. 2. London: Henry G. Bohn, 1849.

  26. Brand, John. Observations on Popular Antiquities Chiefly Illustrating the Origin of Our Vulgar Customs, Ceremonies, and Superstitions. Arranged, revised, and greatly enlarged for this edition by Henry Ellis. Vol. 3. London: Charles Knight and Company, 1842.

  27. Brand, John. Popular Antiquities: Chiefly Illustrating the Origin of our Vulgar Customs, Ceremonies, and Superstitions. A new edition, with the additions of Sir Henry Ellis. London: Chatto and Windus, 1900.

  28. Bray, Anna Eliza. Legends, Superstitions of Devonshire on the Borders of the Tamar and the Tavy, Illustrative of Its Manners, Customs, History, Antiquities, Scenery, and Natural History. Vol. 1. London: John Murray, 1838.

  29. Bray, Anna Eliza. Legends, Superstitions of Devonshire on the Borders of the Tamar and the Tavy, Illustrative of Its Manners, Customs, History, Antiquities, Scenery, and Natural History. Vol. 2. London: John Murray, 1838.

  30. Bray, Anna Eliza. Legends, Superstitions of Devonshire on the Borders of the Tamar and the Tavy, Illustrative of Its Manners, Customs, History, Antiquities, Scenery, and Natural History. Vol. 3. London: John Murray, 1838.

  31. Bray, Anna Eliza. Legends, Superstitions of Devonshire on the Borders of the Tamar and the Tavy, Illustrative of Its Manners, Customs, History, Antiquities, Scenery, and Natural History. Vol. 3. London: John Murray, 1844.

  32. Bray, Anna Eliza. The Borders of the Tamar and the Tavy: Their Natural History, Manners, Customs, Superstitions, Scenery, Antiquities, Eminent Persons, etc. A new edition in two volumes. Vol. 2. London: W. Kent and Company, 1879.

  33. Burne, Charlotte Sophia. Shropshire Folk-Lore: A Sheaf of Gleanings. From the collections of Georgina F. Jackson. London: Trübner and Company, 1883.

  34. Dyer, T. F. Thiselton. Folk-Lore of Shakespeare. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1884.

  35. Child's Own Book, The. Illustrated with nearly three hundred engravings. 9th edition. Revised and corrected, with original tales translated from the German. London: William Tegg, 1861.

  36. Courtney, M. A. Cornish Feasts and Folk-Lore. Revised and reprinted from the Folk-Lore Society journals, 1886-87. Penzance: Beare and Son, 1890.

  37. Denham, Michael Aislabie. A Collection of Proverbs and Popular Sayings Relating to the Seasons, the Weather, and Agricultural Pursuits; Gathered Chiefly from Oral Tradition. London: Percy Society, 1846.

  38. Denham, Michael Aislabie. The Denham Tracts; or, A Few Pictures of the Olden Time, in Connection with the North of England. Richmond: John Bell, 1859.

  39. Denham, Michael Aislabie. The Denham Tracts: A Collection of Folklore by Michael Aislabie Denham, and Reprinted from the Original Tracts and Pamphlets Printed by Mr. Denham between 1846 and 1859. Edited by James Hardy. Vol. 1. London: Published for the Folklore Society by David Nutt, 1892.

  40. Denham, Michael Aislabie. The Denham Tracts: A Collection of Folklore by Michael Aislabie Denham, and Reprinted from the Original Tracts and Pamphlets Printed by Mr. Denham between 1846 and 1859. Edited by James Hardy. Vol. 2. London: Published for the Folklore Society by David Nutt, 1895.

  41. Denham, Michael Aislabie. Slogans of the North of England. Newcastle upon Tyne: George Bouchier Richardson, 1851.

  42. Dixon, David Dippie. Upper Coquetdale, Northumberland: Its Traditions, Folk-Lore, and Scenery. With illustrations by John Turnbull Dixon. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Robert Redpath, 1903.

  43. Dutton, Maude Barrows. Little Stories of England. New York: American Book Company, 1911. This digital version is presented by the Internet Archive.

  44. Dyer, Thomas Firminger Thiselton. British Popular Customs, Present and Past, Illustrating the Social and Domestic Manners of the People, Arranged According to the Calendar of the Year. London: George Bell and Sons, 1900.

  45. Dyer, Thomas Firminger Thiselton. English Folk-Lore. London: Hardwicke and Bogue, 1878.

  46. Elder, Abraham. Tales and Legends of the Isle of Wight: With the Adventures of the Author in Search of Them. Part the first. London: Simpkin, Marshall, and Company, 1839.

  47. Faulding, G. M. Fairies. London: B. T. Batsford, [1913]. This digital version is presented by the Internet Archive.

  48. Fletcher, J. S. A Picturesque History of Yorkshire: Being an Account of the History, Topography, and Antiquities of the Cities, Towns, and Villages of the County of York, founded on Personal Observations Made During Many Journeys through the Three Ridings. Vol. 3. London: J. M. Dent and Company, 1901.

  49. Fletcher, Joseph Smith. A Book about Yorkshire. With sixteen illustrations in colour by Wal Paget and Frank Southgate, and sixteen other illustrations. New York: McClure Company; London: Methuen and Company, 1908.

  50. Fryer, Alfred C. Book of English Fairy Tales from the North-Country. London: W. Swan Sonnenschein and Company, 1884.

  51. Gibson, Alexander Craig. The Folk-Speech of Cumberland and Some Districts Adjacent: Being Short Stories and Rhymes in the Dialects of the West Border Counties. London: John Russell Smith; Carlisle: G. and T. Coward, 1873.

  52. Glyde, John. The Norfolk Garland: A Collection of the Superstitious Beliefs and Practices, Proverbs, Curious Customs, Ballads, and Songs of the People of Norfolk. London: Jarrold and Sons, 1872.

  53. Gomme, George Laurence. Folk-Lore Relics of Early Village Life. London: Elliot Stock, 1883.

  54. Grose, Francis. A Provincial Glossary, with a Collection of Local Proverbs and Popular Superstitions. London: S. Hooper, 1787.

  55. Gurdon, Eveline Camilla. County Folk-Lore: Printed Extracts, No. 2, Suffolk. Introduction by Edward Clodd. London: Published for the Folk-Lore Society by D. Nutt, 1893.

  56. Gutch, Eliza. County Folk-Lore, vol. 2: Examples of Printed Folk-Lore Concerning the North Riding of Yorkshire, York, and the Ainsty. London: Published for the Folk-Lore Society by David Nutt, 1901.

  57. Gutch, Eliza, and Mabel Peacock. County Folk-Lore, vol. 5: Examples of Printed Folk-Lore Concerning Lincolnshire. London: Published for the Folk-Lore Society by David Nutt, 1908.

  58. Hale, Edward Everett. The Only True Mother Goose Melodies: An Exact Reproduction of the Text and Illustrations of the Origianl Edition Published and Copyrighted in Boston in the Year 1833 by Munroe and Francis. Boston: Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Company, 1905.

  59. Halliwell, James Orchard. The Merry Tales of the Wise Men of Gotham. London: John Russell Smith, 1840.

  60. Halliwell, James Orchard. The Nursery Rhymes of England. With illustrations by W. B. Scott. London and New York: Frederick Warne and Company, 1886.

  61. Halliwell, James Orchard. The Nursery Rhymes of England: Obtained Principally from Oral Tradition. 2nd edition, with alterations and additions. London: John Russell Smith, 1843.

  62. Halliwell, James Orchard. The Nursery Rhymes of England: Obtained Principally from Oral Tradition. 4th edition, with illustrations. London: John Russell Smith, 1846.

  63. Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard. Popular Rhymes and Nursery Tales: A Sequel to the Nursery Rhymes of England. London: John Russell Smith, 1849.

  64. Hardwick, Charles. Traditions, Superstitions, and Folk-Lore (Chiefly Lancashire and the North of England): Their Affinity to Others in Widely-Distributed Localities; Their Eastern Origin and Mythical Significance. Manchester: A. Ireland and Company; London: Simpkin, Marshall, and Company, 1872.

  65. Harland, John, and T. T. Wilkinson. Lancashire Folk-Lore: Illustrative of the Superstitious Beliefs and Practices, Local Customs, and Usages of the People of the County Palatine. London: Frederick Warne and Company; New York: Scribner and Company, 1867.

  66. Harland, John, and T. T. Wilkinson. Lancashire Legends, Traditions, Pageants, Sports, etc. With an appendix containing a rare tract on the Lancashire witches, etc., etc. London: John Heywood, 1882.

  67. Hartland, Edwin Sidney. English Fairy and Other Folk Tales. London: Walter Scott, [1890].

  68. Hartland, Edwin Sidney. English Fairy and Other Folk Tales. London: Walter Scott Publishing Company, [1906?]. This digital version is presented by the Internet Archive.

  69. Hazlitt, W. Carew. Shakespeare Jest-books: Merie Tales of the Mad Men of Gotham. XII Mery Jests of the Wydow Edyth. Pasquils Jests with Mother Bunches Merriments. The Pleasant Conceits of Old Hobson. Certayne Conceyts and Jeasts. Taylors Wit and Mirth. Conceits, Clinches, Flashes, and Whimzies. Old English Jest-Books, vol. 3. London: Willis and Sotheran, 1864.

  70. Hazlitt, W. Carew. Shakespeare Jest-Books: Reprints of the Early and Very Rare Jest-Books Supposed to Have Been Used by Shakespeare. 1. A Hundred Mery Talys, from the only known copy. 2. Mery Tales and Quicke Answeres, from the rare edition of 1567. London: Willis and Sotheran, 1864.

  71. Hazlitt, W. Carew. Tales and Legends of National Origin or Widely Current in England from Early Times. London: Swan Sonnenschein and Company; New York: Macmillan and Company, 1899. This digital version is presented by the Internet Archive.

  72. Henderson, William. Notes on the Folk-Lore of the Northern Counties of England and the Borders. With an appendix of household stories by S. Baring-Gould. London: Longlmans, Green, and Company, 1866.

  73. Henderson, William. Notes on the Folk-Lore of the Northern Counties of England and the Borders. A new edition with many additional notes. London: Published for the Folk-Lore Society by W. Satchell, Peyton, and Company, 1879.

  74. Hewett, Sarah. Nummits and Crummits: Devonshire Customs, Characteristics, and Folk-Lore. London: Thomas Burleigh, 1900. This digital version is presented by the Internet Archive.

  75. Hewett, Sarah. The Peasant Speech of Devon and Other Matters Connected Therewith. 2nd edition. London: Elliot Stock, 1892.

  76. Hunt, Robert. Popular Romances of the West of England; or, The Drolls, Traditions, and Superstitions of Old Cornwall. 1st series. London: John Camden Hotten, 1865.

  77. Hollingsworth, A. G. H. The History of Stowmarket, the Ancient County Town of Suffolk. With some notices of the Hundred of Stow. Ipswich: F. Pawsey, 1844. Appendix 6 (pp. 247-48) contains a selection of witchcraft and fairy legends.

  78. Hunt, Robert. Popular Romances of the West of England; or, The Drolls, Traditions, and Superstitions of Old Cornwall. 2nd series. London: John Camden Hotten, 1865.

  79. Hunt, Robert. Popular Romances of the West of England; or, The Drolls, Traditions, and Superstitions of Old Cornwall. Illustrations by George Cruikshank. 3rd edition, revised and enlarged. London: Chatto and Windus, 1881.

  80. Hunt, Robert. Popular Romances of the West of England; or, The Drolls, Traditions, and Superstitions of Old Cornwall. Illustrations by George Cruikshank. A new edition. London: Chatto and Windus, 1903.

  81. Ingoldsby, Thomas [Richard Harris Barham]. The Ingoldsby Legends; or, Mirth and Marvels. 1st series. New York and London: George Routledge and Sons, 1840.

  82. Ingoldsby, Thomas [Richard Harris Barham]. The Ingoldsby Legends; or, Mirth and Marvels. vol. 2. London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1876.

  83. Jackson, Georgina F. See Burne, Charlotte Sophia. Shropshire Folk-Lore: A Sheaf of Gleanings.

  84. Jacobs, Joseph. English Fairy Tales. Illustrated by John D. Batten. London: David Nutt, 1890.

  85. Jacobs, Joseph. English Fairy Tales. 3rd edition, revised. London: David Nutt, 1898.

  86. Jacobs, Joseph. More English Fairy Tales. Illustrated by John D. Batten. London: David Nutt, 1894.

  87. Johnson, Walter. Folk-Memory; or, The Continuity of British Archaeology. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1908.

  88. Keightley, Thomas. The Fairy Mythology. Vol. 1. London: William Harrison Ainsworth, 1828.

  89. Keightley, Thomas. The Fairy Mythology: Illustrative of the Romance and Superstition of Various Countries. Vol. 2. London: Whittaker, Treacher, and Company, 1833.

  90. Keightley, Thomas. The Fairy Mythology, Illustrative of the Romance and Superstition of Various Countries. A new edition, revised and greatly enlarged. London: H. G. Bohn, 1850.

  91. Lang, Andrew. "English and Scotch Fairy Tales," Folk-Lore: A Quarterly Review of Myth, Tradition, Institution, and Custom, vol. 1, no. 3 (September 1890), pp. 289-312.

  92. Leather, Ella Mary. Folk-Lore of Herefordshire: Collected from Oral and Printed Sources. With an introduction by Edwin Sidney Hartland. 1912.

  93. Legends of Devon. London: Whittaker and Company, 1848.

  94. Leprince de Beaumont, Jeanne-Marie. The Young Misses Magazine: Containing Dialogues between a Governess and Several Young Ladies of Quality, Her Scholars.

  95. Lincolnshire Notes and Queries: A Quarterly Journal (Illustrated) Devoted to the Antiquities, Parochial Records, Family History, Folk-Lore, Quaint Customs, etc. of the County. Edited by J. Clare Hudson and E. Mansel Sympson. Vol. 4. Horncastle: W. K. Morton, 1896.

  96. The London Budget of Wit; or, A Thousand Notable Jests. London: Walker and Edwards, 1817.

  97. Northall, G. F. English Folk-Rhymes: A Collection of Traditional Verses Relating to Places and Persons, Customs, Superstitions, etc. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner and Company, 1892.

  98. Northamptonshire Notes and Queries: An Illustrated Quarterly Journal Devoted to Antiquities, Family History, Traqditions, Parochial Records, Folk-Lore, Quaint Customs, etc. of the County. Edited by John Taylor. Vol. 6. Northampton: Dryden Press, 1896.

  99. Parker, Augusta. Among the Fairies. By the Hon. Mrs. Adamson Parker (Hon. Augusta Bethell). London: W. Swan Sonnenschein and Company, [1883].

  100. Parkinson, Thomas. Yorkshire Legends and Traditions as Told by Her Ancient Chroniclers, Her Poets, and Journalists. London: Elliot Stock, 1888.

  101. Parkinson, Thomas. Yorkshire Legends and Traditions as Told by Her Ancient Chroniclers, Her Poets, and Journalists. 2nd series. London: Elliot Stock, 1889.

  102. Peacock, Mabel. Tales and Rhymes in the Lindsey Folk-Speech. Brigg: George Jackson and Son; London: George Bell and Sons, 1886.

  103. Peele, George, The Old Wives Tale, 1595. Oxford: Printed for the Malone Society at the Oxford University Press, 1908.

  104. Pryme, Abraham de la. The Diary of Abraham de la Pryme, the Yorkshire Antiquary. Durham: Andrews and Company, 1870.

  105. Rhys, Ernest. Fairy Gold: A Book of Old English Fairy Tales. Chosen by Ernest Rhys. Everyman's Library. London: J. M. Dent and Company; New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, [1909]. This digital text is presented by the Internet Archive.

  106. Richardson, M. A. The Local Historian's Table Book of Remarkable Occurrences, Historical Facts, Traditions, Legendary and Descriptive Ballads, etc., etc., Connected with the Counties of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, and Durham. Legendary division, vol. 1. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: M. A. Richardson, 1842.

  107. Ritson, Joseph. Fairy Tales, Legends, and Romances Illustrating Shakespeare and Other English Writers. To which are prefixed two preliminary dissertations: 1. On Pigmies; 2. On Fairies. London: Frank and William Kerslake, 1875.

  108. Sharpe, Sir Cuthbert. The Bishoprick Garland; or, A Collection of Legends, Song, Ballads, etc., Belonging to the County of Durham. London: Nichols, and Baldwin and Cradock, 1834.

  109. Stapleton, Alfred. All about the Merry Tales of Gotham. With original sketches by Harry Packer, facsimiles, plans, etc. Nottingham: R. N. Pearson, 1900.

  110. Steel, Flora Annie. English Fairy Tales. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. New York: Macmillan Company, 1908.

  111. Sternberg, Thomas. The Dialect and Folk-Lore of Northamptonshire. London: Russell Smith; Northampton: Abel and Sons, 1851.

  112. Swainson, Charles. The Folklore and Provincial Names of British Birds. London: Elliot Stock, 1886.

  113. Stephens, George. "Two English Folk-Tales." The Folk-Lore Record. Vol. 3, part 2 (1881), pp. 153-56.

  114. Tibbits, Charles John. Folk-Lore and Legends: English. London: W. W. Gibbings, 1890. Published anonymously.

  115. Tibbits, Charles John. Folk-Lore and Legends: English. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1891. Published anonymously.

  116. Wilkinson, T. T. See Harland, John.



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