London and New York: Longmans, Green and Co., 1892.
Limited first edition.
A handsome copy of the third of Lang's beautiful fairy books with illustrations by Henry J. Ford. The Scots author was an avid collector of fairy tales from around the world and many of the stories in this collection, particularly the classic French tales, are translated here into English for the first time. In the preface Lang writes, ?The stories in all the books are borrowed from many countries; some are French, some German, some Russian, some Italian, some Scotish, some English, one Chinese. However much these nations differ about trifles, they all agree in liking fairy tales.?
?To form a collection is to transform the individual items. Collections remove objects from their context and reassign identities according to imposed categorization and classification. One of the most striking attributes of the Fairy Book collection is its international scope. Multicultural fairy-tale collections are common in the twentieth century, but Lang?s collection is the first and arguably one of the most extensive.?
Hines, Sara. ?Collecting the Empire: Andrew Lang's Fairy Books (1889-1910).? Marvels & Tales, vol. 24, no. 1, 2010, pp. 39?56.
Signed limited edition, one of 150 copies of which this is number 74, octavo, large paper edition, bound in full green crushed morocco by Stikeman, decorated with gilt, top edge gilt, 366 pages, numerous black & white illustrations throughout, full page illustrations, in fine condition.
Price (AUD): $3,000.00 other currencies