The Blue Fairy Book, 1889
The Blue Fairy Book, 1889
The Blue Fairy Book, 1889
The Blue Fairy Book, 1889
The Blue Fairy Book, 1889
The Blue Fairy Book, 1889
The Blue Fairy Book, 1889
The Blue Fairy Book, 1889
The Blue Fairy Book, 1889
The Blue Fairy Book, 1889
The Blue Fairy Book, 1889
The Blue Fairy Book, 1889
The Blue Fairy Book, 1889
The Blue Fairy Book, 1889
The Blue Fairy Book, 1889
The Blue Fairy Book, 1889
The Blue Fairy Book, 1889
The Blue Fairy Book, 1889
The Blue Fairy Book, 1889
The Blue Fairy Book, 1889
The Blue Fairy Book, 1889
The Blue Fairy Book, 1889

The Blue Fairy Book, 1889

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Title: The Blue Fairy Book, 1889
Author: Andrew Lang; Leonora Blanche Lang
Publisher: London, Longmans, Green, and Co.
Condition: Poor

A first edition of Andrew Lang’s Blue Fairy Book, the first in his famous and popular Fairy Book series. This work contains over 30 fairy tales, including famous examples such as Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding- Hood, Cinderella, and more, along with several more obscure tales, such as The White Cat, The Terrible Head, 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 and G.P. Jacomb Hood, 8 full page plates, and over 100 in text illustrations. The volume is present in its original blue decorative cloth, with a gilt image of a witch to the front cover and additional gilt to the spine.

One decorative cloth volume in octavo, VIII+390+16 pages

On note of condition, this volume is in poor shape, with rubbing and wear to the binding, and what appears to be a literal massive layer wrapped around the binding, in the form of some bizarre DIY mylar, with the tape folding inside. Both inner hinges are cracked, with the front ones just holding on by two straps of cloth. The gutters are exposed at pages 176-177. There is some foxing throughout.