Title: The Yellow Fairy Book, 1894
Author: Andrew Lang; Leonora Blanche Lang
Publisher: London, Longmans, Green, and Co.
Condition: Very Good
A first edition of Andrew Lang’s Yellow Fairy Book. This work contains over 30 fairy tales, including examples such as The Golden Crab, The Three Brothers, The Witch, 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 22 full-page plates, and numerous in-text woodcuts, and the volume is present in its original 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, XVI+321+(2) pages
On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with minimal rubbing to the binding, light staining to the rear board, and some fading to the spine, as well as a small bump to the top and bottom of the front board. There is doodling to the table of contents and page 279. There is foxing to the first and last leaf, and very little elsewhere. The binding is slightly cocked.