Title: The Olive Fairy Book, 1907
Author: Andrew Lang; Leonora Blanche Lang
Publisher: London, Longmans, Green, and Co.
Condition: Very Good
A first edition of Andrew Lang’s Olive Fairy Book. This work contains over 30 fairy tales, including examples such as The Story of Little King Loc, The Green Knight, The Steel Cane, 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-plate color plates, 20 full-page plates, and 22 in text illustrations. The volume is present in its original green decorative cloth, with a gilt image of a fairy to the front cover and additional gilt to the spine.
One decorative cloth volume in octavo, XV+336 pages
On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with minimal rubbing and wear to the corners, and light staining to the rear board. The first and last 3 leaves are slightly foxed, with very little foxing or staining elsewhere.