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Annancy Stories -Pamela Colman Smith


Extremely rare, this is tarot illustrator Pamela Colman Smith's book of Jamaican folk tales. Smith achieved posthumous fame for her 78 tarot cards of the Rider-Waite deck, but she was also an illustrator, writer, storyteller and journal-editor. She loved these Caribbean stories, and held storytelling sessions at her house in London where she would deliver them in dialect, sometimes using small dolls to make a sort of puppet show. This book arose from ther deeply-held passion, and is illustrated throughout with her iconic images. A true collector's item.


New York: R. H. Russell. 1899. First edition. Hardback, 80 pages


Volume and Condition. Original pictorial paper covered boards with a green cloth spine. Worn, with bumping and fraying to extremities, some scuffing of the paper around the edges and a general, not unpleasing toning of the covers. Internally the page block has become mostly detached from the binding (possibly as a result of the use of gutta-percha as an adhesive agent, which decidedly fails to last the test of time). As a result of the pages being loose in the binding, some of the edges have become slightly worn or chipped. Overall the result should be most displeasing; it isn't, and the book remains defiantly complete, and undeniably rare.