On the High Uplands: Sagas, Songs, Tales and Legends of the Carpathians - Stanislaw VincenzLondon: Hutchinson, 1955, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and much faded and spotted with the price clipped. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.
Contains: Black & white plates; Frontispiece; Title page vignette;
From the cover: “There was a time, not so long ago, when people from all over the world went to see the unique civilization of the Hucul or Hootzool people, the branch of the Ukrainian nation that lives in the Eastern Carpathians. A community of foresters and shepherds, they are the only highlanders in the world who ride on horseback. The identity of this distinctive community is now probably lost for ever; but Dr. Vincenz, who has known and loved the Huculs all his life, has ensured their immortality. This tremendous prose-poem shows the Huculs at work and play, and not only tells of their joys and sorrows but “fixes” for ever the best of their unwritten songs and tales, history and legend. Their folk-lore is unlike that of any other people, and yet full of reminders that all peoples belong to the same human race. One does not need to be a Hucul to appreciate the stories of Foka Szumej, who traced his ancestry back to the giants of the forest, or to understand the idolization of the legendary bandit-benefactor Dobosz, who robbed the rich and helped the poor.”