London: George Allen & Unwin, 1935.
First Edition in English.
22cm x 15cm. 279 pages, black and white photographs. Blue cloth, gilt lettering, no jacket.
Translated from the French by Lucy Hotz. Preface by Marshal Lyautey. “Légey was a French doctor in Marrakech in the first two decades of the twentieth century, where, apart from her medical work, she threw herself into the study of local folklore. The result is this collection of tales translated directly as they were told to her, either in the Djema’a al-Fna’a, or during a series of private meetings she arranged for the purpose..like a very Maghrebi version of the Thousand and One Nights. There are all the elements you expect: orphaned children, evil step-families, capricious queens, all-powerful kings, talking animals. Like all pre-modern stories, they are much more bloody and vindictive than the fairy-tales we are used to.”
Minor wear to boards. Minor foxing to edges. Front panel of jacket pasted to front pastedown. Bookseller label of Dymocks, Sydney. Very Good Condition. $100 AUD.