By Thomas Crofton Croker
Excerpt from Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland
The erudite Lessing types a preface "the historical past of a book." Now, notwithstanding there may be no necessity for a preface in that experience of the be aware to the reprint of a piece of mere whim, which has been approximately ten years earlier than the general public, but a couple of phrases are considered necessary to avoid the current condensed and revised variation from being thought of an abridgment.
However compact could be the mode of printing followed, the act of compacting into one quantity the 3 within which the "Fairy Legends" initially seemed, concerned to a definite volume the need of choice, maybe the main tough of all projects judiciously to accomplish; however the following assertion will exhibit the process proceeded on.
Forty stories descriptive of Irish superstitions now seem rather than fifty.
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