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The Fairy Books: by LANG, Andrew (ed.) - 1889-1910 [Blue; Red; Green; Yellow; Pink; Grey; Violet; Crimson; Brown; Orange; Olive; Lilac.]

by LANG, Andrew (ed.)

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The Fairy Books: by LANG, Andrew (ed.) - 1889-1910

The Fairy Books:: [Blue; Red; Green; Yellow; Pink; Grey; Violet; Crimson; Brown; Orange; Olive; Lilac.]

by LANG, Andrew (ed.)

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London: Longmans, Green & Co.,, 1889-1910. A landmark in the presentation of traditional tales First editions, first impressions, a complete set of Lang's beautifully produced Fairy Book series, which is uncommon complete in collectible condition. Unprecedented in the international scope of its sources, it gave many fairy tales their first appearance in English. The books proved immediately successful and helped salvage some of the cultural wealth of international folklore by preserving it in print. Though it is Andrew Lang's name which appears as the author of the fairy books, they were largely the result of the work of others, most crucially female translators such as his wife, Leonora (1851-1933), and authors such as May Kendall and Margaret Hunt, both of whom also published fairy tale collections in their own name. Lang takes the opportunity in the final book's preface to credit his wife with their authorship once again: "The fairy books have been almost wholly the work of Mrs. Lang, who has translated and adapted them from the French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Catalan, and other languages" (p. vii). The success of the series also owes much "to the devoted work of their illustrator", Henry Justice Ford (1860-1941), who "provided a benchmark in fantasy illustration" (Grolier). An extremely prolific artist, Ford began exhibiting his paintings at the Royal Academy of Art in 1892. It was his work as book illustrator, however, that gained him worldwide fame in the 1880s and 1890s. Ford "concentrated on legends and folklore as subjects to illustrate and mixed carefully observed objects from the real world with fantasy creatures from an imaginary world in a very convincing way. His penwork is assured and clear and placed on the page with great decorative effect... A whole generation of Edwardians grew up on Ford's illustrations to Andrew Lang's Fairy tales" (Houfe, p. 140). 12 works, octavo. Original cloth in various colours, spines and front covers lettered and decorated in gilt, the first 7 volumes with coloured endpapers, Crimson and Olive with patterned endpapers, edges gilt. Frontispieces, 6 in colour, 182 plates, 40 colour plates, title vignettes, numerous illustrations to text, all by Henry Justice Ford, Lancelot Speed, and George Percy Jacomb Hood. First leaves of several volumes variously with booksellers's tickets, contemporary ownership and gift inscriptions, and bookplate of Mrs Sabine Mayne (1841-c.1931). A couple of spines gently cocked and faded, gilt to covers noticeably bright across set, rubbing to front cover of Yellow, ends and corners a little bumped and rubbed, occasional spots of wear, sporadic skinning to endpapers, inner hinges starting but holding, gauze visible in Olive, contents clean. An attractive set in very good condition. Grolier, Children's 100, 51. Simon Houfe, Dictionary of 19th Century Book Illustrators, 1998.
  • Bookseller Peter Harrington GB (GB)
  • Book Condition Used
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Place of Publication London: Longmans, Green & Co.,
  • Date Published 1889-1910

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The Fairy Books

by Andrew Lang

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The Fairy Books. [With] The Nursery Rhyme Book. 13 Volumes
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by Lang, Andrew

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London: The Folio Society, 2010. Hardcover. Near Fine. The full Folio Edition set of 12 volumes: Blue, Red, Green, Yellow, Pink, Grey, Violet, Crimson, Brown, Orange, Olive and Lilac, all in matching slipcases. Interiors crisp and clean. Each volume contains a frontispiece, 12 colour illustrations and a few in black and white. Illustrators include: Kate Baylay, Caitlin Hackett, Danuta Mayer, Debra McFarlane, Julian de Narvaez, Lauren Nassef, Niroot Puttapipat, Omar Rayyan, Charles van Sandwyk, Tim Stevens, Tomislav Tomic and Bob Venables. Apart from a couple of very small bumps to a couple slipcases, this set is near fine and unread. More specifically, Olive has 2 very small spots, Brown with a small bump, Grey with a heavier hit to the opening left side, a very small bump to Orange and Pink with 1 very tiny spot to one side. The books perfect and unharmed. All titles are the first printed edition in this Folio Society collection. Includes The Nursery Rhyme Book, making this a 13 volume set.
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