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By Robert Kirk, Andrew Lang

"Kirk is a powerful dish to set sooner than any scholar of both folk-lore or folk-psychology." — Times Literary Supplement
In the overdue seventeenth century, a Scottish minister went searching for supernatural creatures of "a center nature betwixt guy and angel." Robert Kirk roamed the Highlands, chatting with his parishioners and different kingdom people approximately their encounters with fairies, wraiths, elves, doppelgangers, and different brokers of the spirit global. Magic was once part of lifestyle for Kirk and his fellow Highlanders, and this impressive ebook deals infrequent glimpses into their enchanted realm.
Left in manuscript shape upon the author's loss of life in 1692, this quantity was once first released in 1815 on the behest of Sir Walter Scott. In 1893, the prestigious folklorist Andrew Lang re-edited the paintings. Lang's advent to Kirk's amazing mix of technology, faith, and superstition is incorporated during this variation. for a few years, The mystery Commonwealth used to be difficult to discover — to be had, if in any respect, simply in scholarly versions. Academicians in addition to enthusiasts of myths and legends will prize this authoritative yet low-cost edition.

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