Title: The Lilac Fairy Book, 1910
Author: Andrew Lang; Leonora Blanche Lang
Publisher: London, Longmans, Green, and Co.
Condition: Very Good
A first edition of Andrew Lang’s Gray Fairy Book. This work contains over 30 fairy tales, including examples such as The Fairy Nurse, The Three Crowns, The Lady of the Fountain, 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 6 full page color plates, 20 full page plates, and 26 in text illustrations. The volume is present in its original lilac decorative cloth, with a gilt image of a fairy atop a shooting star to the front cover and additional gilt to the spine.
One decorative cloth volume in octavo, XV+369+(2) pages
On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with minimal rubbing, and some staining to the boards, namely to the rear board. There is minor foxing to the first and last 3 leaves, and very little foxing elsewhere. Pages 65-70, and 135-136 are lacking a very small corner at the bottom right, going about 1cm in.