Volume 14: The Grand Duchy of Poznań part 6

The Complete Works vol. 14: The Grand Duchy of Poznań part 6. Wrocław - Poznań 1962, pp. IX+392. Photo-offset re-edition; first edition: Cracow 1881.

The sixth part of the Great Poland series contains folk tales (a total of 111 fairy tales and anecdotal texts). Part of the material was reprinted (33 texts, i.e. about 1-3 of the whole), mainly from ‘Przyjaciel Ludu’ [Friend of the People], and from publications of R. Berwiński, F. Wawrowski, and others. The overwhelming majority of the texts, however, constitutes tales recorded by Kolberg in the field or sent in to him by correspondents. The most numerous come from the Kościan district, particularly from the village of Morownica (30 texts), where Kolberg conducted thorough investigations in 1868, 1869, 1872 and 1875. The texts taken from printed sources are presented in a literary language, whereas these recorded in the field illustrate a more or less consistent dialect. Magic tales (about 40) and anecdotes (about 30) predominate in the volume, while there are relatively few animal tales, legends or etiological tales. There were also included several non-folk texts, irrelative to the tradition of Great Poland (they come from E. Buflke’s collection of fairy tales for young people). Almost all of the tales are provided with information on their source in the form of a bibliographical note or date concerning the place of the record. Kolberg’s comments refer to similar texts (sometimes only to situations and motifs they concern) from his earlier collections, especially from the Kujawy and Cracow regions, the repertoires of which often show a close relationship with that of Great Poland.