Title: The Gray Fairy Book, 1900
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 Gift of Fortuna, The Princess is Swallowed Up by the Earth, Cannetella, 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 32 full-page plates, and 27 in text illustrations. The volume is present in its original grey decorative cloth, with a gilt image of a fairy atop an owl to the front cover and additional gilt to the spine.
One decorative cloth volume in octavo, X+387 pages
On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with very light rubbing and minor staining to the boards, heavier to the rear board. There is light foxing to the first three and last two leaves, with very little foxing or staining elsewhere. Page 59 was dogeared at one point. There is a small tear to the margin of the frontispiece.