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The Grey Fairy Book.
London: Longmans, Green, and Co.,, 1900. With numerous illustrations by H. J. Ford. Octavo. Original grey cloth, titles and pictorial decoration to spine and front board gilt, black endpapers, all edges gilt. Illustrated frontispiece with tissue guard, vignette title page, 31 plates, and illustrations in the text throughout by Ford. Spine ends and tips a little rubbed, foxing to the text block, dark dampstain to pp. 87-94, not affecting text, worm damage p. 137. A very good copy. First edition, first impression, of the sixth instalment in Lang's Fairy Book series, with tales "deriving from many countries – Lithuania, various parts of Africa, Germany, France, Greece, and other regions of the world" (Lang's preface), many of them highly phantasmagorical and strange. Lang's preface contains the intriguing observation, "The stories, as usual, illustrate the method of popular fiction. A certain number of incidents are shaken into many varying combinations, like the fragments of coloured glass in the kaleidoscope. Probably the possible combinations, like possible musical combinations, are not unlimited in number".
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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