Title: The Blue Fairy Book, 1903
Author: Andrew Lang; Leonora Blanche Lang
Publisher: London, Longmans, Green, and Co.
Condition: Very Good
An early 20th century edition of Andrew Lang’s Blue Fairy Book, the first in his famous and popular Fairy Book series, this being the 10th impression. This work contains over 30 fairy tales, including famous examples such as Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding- Hood, Cinderella, and more, along with several more obscure tales, such as The White Cat, The Terrible Head, and more.
While Andrew Lang did initially edit the series and write the prefaces, it was Lenora Lang and several other translators who managed a large portion of the translating and retelling of the stories, and it was Lenora who later managed editorial control in the 1890s onwards, with four of the volumes from 1908 to 1912 published solely under the name Mrs. Lang, rather than Andrew’s. Though their work is acknowledged in the prefaces, Lenora’s name is absent from the spine, and the main title page of many of these Fairy Books.
This work is illustrated throughout by H.J Ford and G.P. Jacomb Hood, 8 full page plates, and over 100 in text illustrations. The volume is present in its original blue decorative cloth, with a gilt image of a witch to the front cover and additional gilt to the spine.
One decorative cloth volume in octavo, (10)+390 pages
On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with minor rubbing, namely to the board edges. There is light staining to the spine and rear board. There is minor foxing to the first two leaves, and virtually no foxing or staining elsewhere.