1897 The Pink Fairy Book
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First Edition, Illustrated, Original Binding, Publishers' Original Binding
The first edition, first impression with no further impressions stated. With a frontispiece, thirty three full page engravings and numerous vignette illustrations. Collated complete. The title page vignette and one further vignette have been tastefully hand coloured. The frontispiece has retained its tissue guard. The Pink Fairy Book contains forty one tales, all of which based on stories and folklore from Japan, Sicily and Scandinavia, the most notable of which being The Snow Queen. Andrew Lang is best known for these collections of fairy tales, and was an avid collector of folk and fairy tales. He was a Scottish poet, novelist, and literary critic. Illustrated by Henry Justice Ford, a noted English illustrator who is best known for his beautiful illustrations for Lang's works.
In the original pink cloth with gilt pictorial detail. Rebacked, with original spine laid down. Externally generally smart with wear to the extremities resulting in some fraying and loss to the cloth. Marks to the boards. Fading to the boards, as is common with this work. Internally firmly bound. Pages bright and clean with just the odd spot and handling mark, heavier to the first and last few pages and the tissue guard for the frontispiece. Contemporary ink inscription to front blank. Closed tear to page 91and loss, not affecting the text to the extremity of page 195.
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