Title: The Crimson Fairy Book, 1903
Author: Andrew Lang; Leonora Blanche Lang
Publisher: London, Longmans, Green, and Co.
A first edition of Andrew Lang’s Crimson Fairy Book. This work contains over 30 fairy tales, including examples such as Lucky Luck, The Strong Prince, Clever Maria, 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, with 8 full-page color plates, 35 full-page plates, and 10 in text illustrations. The volume is present in its original red decorative cloth, with a gilt image of a knight to the front cover and additional gilt to the spine.
One decorative cloth volume in octavo, XI+371 pages
On note of condition, this volume is in good shape, with minor rubbing and wear to the binding. The inner hinges are cracked and exposed at the secondary title page, though still holding. There are small corners lacking to several pages. There is minor staining throughout.