Title: The Red Fairy Book, 1890
Author: Andrew Lang; Leonora Blanche Lang
Publisher: London, Longmans, Green, and Co.
A first edition of Andrew Lang’s Red Fairy Book. This work contains over 30 fairy tales, including examples such as The Death of Koschei the Deathless, Rapunzel, the Golden Goose, 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 four full-page plates and additional text illustrations. The volume is present in its original red decorative cloth, with a gilt image of what appears to be Jack being chased by a giant to the front cover and additional gilt to the spine.
One decorative cloth volume in octavo, VI+367+(16) pages
On note of condition, this volume is in poor shape, with rubbing and staining to the binding, with peeling to the spine, and the spine flapping from the front hinges, along with a crude tape repair to the spine, and another one to the rear hinges. The front endpaper is lacking, and page 207 is dogeared. There is some foxing to several pages.