Title: The Green Fairy Book, 1895
Author: Andrew Lang; Leonora Blanche Lang
Publisher: London, Longmans, Green, and Co.
Condition: Very Good
A late 19th century edition of Andrew Lang’s Green Fairy Book, this being the fourth edition. This work contains over 30 fairy tales, including examples such as The Blue Bird, The Story of the Three Bears, The Golden Mermaid, 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 many full-page examples, and the volume is present in its original green decorative cloth, with a gilt image of a dragon to the front cover and additional gilt to the spine.
One decorative cloth volume in octavo, XI+366+2 pages
On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with minor rubbing and wear to the binding, with small tears to the hinges. There is very little foxing or staining throughout. The binding is slightly cocked.