TARN, W. W. The Treasure of the Isle of Mists, with Six Illustrations by Somerled MacDonald, London, Philip Allan & Co. 1919.
FIRST EDITION. (230 x 160 mm) 163 pp. With 6 full-page illustrations in brown. (N.B. Frontispeice is loose but present). Plain brown dust jacket, not price clipped, some wear to top and bottom of DJ, consistant with age; olive green, ribbed cloth cover with gilt letters. With note from previous owner in Dublin. Overall, NEAR FINE condition, excusing the loose frontispiece.
Dedicated to Sir William Woodthrope Tarn’s daughter, Otta Swire whose folklore works— written on the Isle of Skye and preserving Gaelic and Norse traditions— have influenced even Neil Gaiman as well as helping to establish Folklore as an academic field.
Tarn himself studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, with the noted Classicist, Henry Jackson, after which he became a barrister in 1894 through Inner Temple. He left London for Scotland and served in WWI as an intellegence.