Oxford: Oxford University Press, The Clarendon Press, 1913.
First Edition. Hardcover. 9 1/4" X 6 1/2". xxiv, 327pp; 315pp. Red cloth over boards, with spines lettered in gilt. Very mild edgewear and gentle bumping to corners, with boards rather bowed inward. Bookplate of Lt. Colonel V. S. M. de Guinzbourg (Victor de Guinzbourg, author of Wit and Wisdom of the United Nations) to front paste-downs. Bindings are tight and sound. Toning to half-titles, else pages clean, bright, and unmarked, with several leaves unopened in Vol I, and most unopened in Vol. II. Illustrated throughout. English translation side by side with the Hausa-Arabic text. Clipping from an ad laid in to Vol. I: "To the folk-lorist and the student of African culture and languages, history, manners and arts, this collection is of great value. The proverbs are here first published, and the many animal fables throw light on Hausa beliefs." Very good +. Item #1735