Title: The Pink Fairy Book, 1897
Author: Andrew Lang; Leonora Blanche Lang
Publisher: London, Longmans, Green, and Co.
A first edition of Andrew Lang’s Pink Fairy Book. This work contains over 30 fairy tales, including examples such as The Snow-Queen, The Golden Lion, The Story of Ciccu, 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 pink decorative cloth, with a gilt image of fairies to the front cover and additional gilt to the spine.
One decorative cloth volume in octavo, VIII+360 pages
On note of condition, this volume is in fair shape, with light rubbing and staining to the binding, along with some color fading to the spine, though the gilt shines brightly. Page 65-66 is detached, and the gathering of pages 67-80 is loosened, though holding. There is minor foxing and staining throughout.