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The Green Fairy Book
London: Longmans, Green, and Co.,, 1892. With Numerous Illustrations by H. J. Ford. Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine gilt, elaborate pictorial decorations to spine and front board gilt, all edges gilt, black coated endpapers. Frontispiece with tissue guard, illustrated title page, numerous illustrations by H. J. Ford in text including 11 full page. Spine rolled, light rubbing to tips, inner hinge slightly cracked but holding to pp. 208-9, light foxing to endpapers, an excellent copy. First edition, first impression, of the third installment in the Fairy Book series, beautifully illustrated by H. J. Ford. "These fairy tales are the oldest stories in the world, and as they were first made by men who were childlike for their own amusement, so they amuse children still, and also grown-up people who have not forgotten how they once were children." (Lang's preface). This collection contains such well-known stories as the Three Little Pigs and the Story of the Three Bears, alongside many less well-known though more fantastic. Andrew Lang (1844?1912), Scottish poet, scholar and journalist, devoted most of his life to folklore and the compilation of traditional fairy stories from around the world. Begun in 1889, "his 'coloured' fairy books have been popular with boys and girls since their first appearance." (Osborne Collection I, pp. 34-36, and II, p. 604).
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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