Corners. Merry Tales of Irish Folk Lore
by Seumas MacManus
Pamela Colman Smith
McClure Co., New York, 1899
Here is the earliest book
I have with illustrations by Pamela Colman Smith. First off, the
The first thing of course
to notice is that dratted duct tape! I'll be working on getting
it off so we all can see the "rest of the picture" and
if there is anything special on the spine. This was an ex-library
book and for being more than 100 years old, is in mighty fine
shape. Some of the pages are cracking a bit but the illustrations
are in wonderful shape.
Here's what the whole cover
looks like. I found another copy of the book.
Next we come to the frontis-piece
and title page:
The colors on this first illustration
are very vivid (as they all are). Already we can see the flowing
line that distinguishes Pamela's artwork The color illustration
is from the last tale in the book The Giant of the Band Beggar's
Hall - "So the Giant Blew a Whistle". On the title
page we can see the period/dot after the title that shows up in
the titles of the Tarot Majors and Court Cards.
The next illustrations are
from Billy Beg and the Bull - "She Consulted with a Hen
Wife" and "The Hen Wife's Ducks".
Note the castle in the background
and the patterned dress.
The next illustrations are from
the story Murroghoo-More and Murroghoo-Beg - those named
Now comes the tale of the Queen
of the Golden Mines and the illustration "Then Jack Went
into the Castle" Click here to read this story:
In the story Shan Ban and
Ned Flynn, the illustration of "What Does He See but
the Fairy" appears:
The Black Bull has the illustration of "When the Prince
Returned He Demanded the Keys":
Rory the Robber shows the illustration of "Of Course a
Dance was Started":
Next, in Nanny and Conn,
comes the illustration of "There was the Dirtiest and Wrinkledest
The Apprentice Thief has a line drawing of '"Now Billly Brogan,"
says the King':
In Manis the Besom Man
there is a line drawing of "It's a half-crown, by the toss
The final color illustration
is from Jack and the King, "Ye Never Saw More Wonderful
Beanstalks". There is also a line drawing of "The Queeny
The very last line drawing is
from Giant of Band Beggar's Hall, "The Fish Wagging
Their Tails" (which is also appropriately titled a 'tailpiece'):
And that's the set of illustrations
from this book. I should get around to reading it, but it just
arrived and I'll update this page when I get through it.
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