ANDREW LANG'S COLOURED FAIRY BOOKS

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A Complete Twelve-Volume Set

Front covers
Lang, Andrew (ed.), and Henry Justice Ford, G.P. Jacomb Hood & Lancelot Speed (illus.), THE BLUE, RED, GREEN, YELLOW, PINK, GREY, VIOLET, CRIMSON, BROWN, ORANGE, OLIVE and LILAC FAIRY BOOKS, A COMPLETE SET (London: Longmans Green & Co., 1889-1910).  Twelve volumes, all first London editions, 18 x 12cm (8vo), in publisher's cloth w/gilt designs to fr. covers & spines, gilt titles to spines, a.e.g., w/numerous in-text b&w & colour illus., & frontis & several full-page b&w & colour plates in each vol.  Printed by Spottiswoode & Co., London.  The Blue, Green, Crimson & Olive are Good; the Red, Yellow, Pink, Violet, Brown, Orange & Lilac are Very Good; & the Grey is a brilliant Near-Fine copy; please contact us if additional details are required.  Instant gratification for any serious collector of these highly sought-after children's books.  Green passim, Osborne 35.  (Inv. #1318)  C$8,000





Individual Copies

Binding
Lang, Andrew (ed.), and Henry Justice Ford & G.P. Jacomb Hood (illus.), THE BLUE FAIRY BOOK (London: Longmans Green & Co., 1889).  First edition, 18 x 12cm (8vo), in publisher's dark blue linen w/gilt designs to fr. cover & spine, gilt title to spine, a.e.g., [i-vii] viii, [1] 2-390 [391-92] pp. w/numerous in-text b&w illus., +frontis & 7 full-page b&w plates thru-out & 14pp. publ. cat. (dated August 1889) to rear.  Printed by Spottiswoode & Co., London.  Binding Good- (recased w/original spine laid down & new cream ep.s, extremities sl. bumped & rubbed, a couple of vertical creases to spine, lt. spotting to foot of rear cloth, moderate spine lean, & strip of paper pasted over prev. owner's name to fr. ep.); contents Good (1st several leaves a bit spotted w/wear & a few short closed tears to edges, & occas. lt. spotting thereafter).  Green passim, Osborne 35.  (Inv. #1178)  C$1,200





Binding
Lang, Andrew (ed.), and Henry Justice Ford (illus.), THE GREEN FAIRY BOOK (London: Longmans Green & Co., 1892).  First edition, 26 x 18cm (large 8vo), in publisher's vellum-backed grey boards w/cream paper title-label (printed in green) to spine, raised bands, deckle edges, ep.s are watermarked "Spicer Brothers" handmade paper, 366 [xiv] pp. w/frontis & numerous b&w illustrations by Ford.  Stated Limited Edition (121/150) Large Paper Copy printed by Spottiswoode & Co., London.  Binding Good (spine darkened w/tail chipped away, covers moderately soiled, & hinges cracked); contents Very Good (a few short closed tears to margins).  Slater 41, Green 82 ("the earlier fairy books were issued also in limited editions on large paper") & 244, Osborne 35.  (Inv. #249)  C$450





Binding
Lang, Andrew (ed.), and Henry Justice Ford (illus.), THE YELLOW FAIRY BOOK (London: Longmans Green & Co., 1894).  First edition, 18 x 12.5cm (8vo), in publisher's yellow fine-ribbed cloth w/gilt designs to fr. cover & spine, gilt title to spine, a.e.g., charcoal ep.s, 321 (xvi) pp. w/tissue-guarded frontis & numerous in-text b&w illus. by Ford, +21 full-page b&w plates thru-out, & 1p. publ. advert to verso of half-title & 2pp. to rear.  Printed by Spottiswoode & Co., London.  Inscribed twice (to verso of fr. ep. & p.[xii]): "Other Robert Windsor Clive from Mother."  Binding Very Good (spine sunned, cloth sl. dusty, & extremities sl. bumped & rubbed), contents Very Good (occas. lt.-to-moderate foxing).  Green 245, Osborne 36, Colbeck 80.  (Inv. #1320)  C$500





Binding
Lang, Andrew (ed.), and Henry Justice Ford (illus.), THE YELLOW FAIRY BOOK (London: Longmans Green & Co., 1894).  First edition, 26 x 18cm (large 8vo), in publisher's vellum-backed grey boards w/cream paper title-label (printed in gilt) to spine, raised bands, deckle edges, ep.s are watermarked "Spicer Brothers" handmade paper, 321 (xvi) pp. w/tissue-guarded frontis & 21 full-page & 82 in-text b&w illustrations by Ford.  Stated Limited Edition (89/140) Large Paper Copy printed on watermarked "John Dickinson & Co." paper by Spottiswoode & Co., London.  With the decorative bookplate of Edwin Frederick Fitch to fr. pastedown.  Binding Very Good (spine sl. darkened & rear cover sl. soiled), contents Near-Fine.  Green 82 ("the earlier fairy books were issued also in limited editions on large paper") & 245, Osborne 36, Colbeck 80 (trade issue).  (Inv. #253)  C$500





Binding
Lang, Andrew (ed.), and Henry Justice Ford (illus.), THE PINK FAIRY BOOK (New York: Longmans Green & Co., 1897).  First US edition, 18 x 12cm (8vo), in publisher's pink linen w/gilt decorations to fr. cover & spine, gilt title to spine, a.e.g., charcoal ep.s, 360 [x] pp. w/frontis & numerous b&w illus., +7 full-page b&w plates w/1p. publ. advert to verso of half-title & 8pp. publ. cat. to rear.  Printed at the University Press by John Wilson & Son, Cambridge MA.  Signed to fr. pastedown: "Jean DeWitt."  Binding Very Good (spine sl. sunned, extremities sl. bumped & rubbed, & hinges mended); contents Near-Fine.  (Inv. #1321)  C$300





Binding
Lang, Andrew (ed.), and Henry Justice Ford (illus.), THE GREY FAIRY BOOK (London: Longmans Green & Co., 1900).  First edition, 18 x 12cm (8vo), in publisher's grey linen w/gilt designs to fr. cover & spine, gilt title to spine, a.e.g., charcoal ep.s, 387 (xii) pp. w/numerous full-page & in-text b&w illus. by Ford.  Printed by Spottiswoode & Co., London.  Inscribed to recto of frontis: "Frances E. Tyler, London, England, year 1901, July."  Binding Very Good (lt. stains to cloth); contents Very Good (occas. lt. creasing).  Green 246, Osborne 35.  (Inv. #911)  C$500





Binding
Lang, Andrew (ed.), and Henry Justice Ford (illus.), THE VIOLET FAIRY BOOK (London: Longmans Green & Co., 1901).  First edition, 18.5 x 12.5cm (8vo), in publisher's dark violet fine-ribbed cloth w/gilt decorations by Ford (w/his initials) to fr. cover & spine, gilt title to spine, a.e.g., charcoal ep.s, 388 (xii) pp. w/1p. publ. advert to verso of half-title & numerous in-text b&w illus., +tissue-guarded colour frontis & 7 unpaginated full-page colour plates, & numerous unpaginated b&w plates, all by Ford.  Printed by Spottiswoode & Co. Ltd., London.  Inscribed to verso of fr. ep.: "Christmas 1901, Mary Frances Waller Broad from Hugh S Tiffin."  Binding Very Good (extremities sl. bumped & rubbed, lower spine & adjoining edges of covers a bit rubbed w/sl. gilt loss, & ep.s moderately browned); contents Very Good (occas. lt. foxing).  Green 246, Osborne 35.  (Inv. #1332)  C$500





Binding
Lang, Andrew (ed.), and Henry Justice Ford (illus.), THE VIOLET FAIRY BOOK (London: Longmans Green & Co., 1901).  First edition, 18 x 12cm (8vo), rebound in dark violet faux-morocco w/gilt title to spine, red & white headband, cream ep.s, 388 (xii) pp. w/1p. publ. advert to verso of half-title, & numerous in-text b&w illus., +tissue-guarded colour frontis & 7 unpaginated full-page colour plates, & numerous unpaginated b&w plates, all by Ford.  Printed by Spottiswoode & Co. Ltd., London.  Inscribed to recto of half-title: "Kathleen Watt from Auntie, late 1901."  Binding Very Good (some spotting to rear cover); contents Fair (illus. on pp.11, 47, 113, 154 & 233 coloured in by a prev. owner, expert cellotape repairs to several gutters, & some leaves thumbed & soiled).  Green 246, Osborne 35.  (Inv. #1224)  C$50




Binding
Lang, Andrew (ed.), and Henry Justice Ford (illus.), THE VIOLET FAIRY BOOK (New York: Longmans Green & Co., 1901).  First US edition, 18 x 12cm (8vo), in publisher's violet linen w/gilt designs to fr. cover & spine, gilt title to spine, a.e.g., cream ep.s, 388 (xii) pp. w/publ. advert to verso of half-title & numerous in-text b&w illus., +tissue-guarded colour frontis & 7 full-page colour plates (most w/tissue-guards), & numerous unpaginated full-page b&w plates, all by Ford.  Printed at the University Press by John Wilson & Son, Cambridge MA.  Inscribed to fr. pastedown: "Anne McAurdy, 16 Avon St., Cambridge Mass., 1912."  Binding Fair (spine-tips bumped & worn, corner-tips sl. worn, spine & adjoining edges of covers sunned w/rear cover moderately rippled, top half of rear joint starting, & ep.s tidemarked); contents Very Good (sl. shaken).  (Inv. #1329)  C$200




Binding
Lang, Andrew (ed.), and Henry Justice Ford (illus.), THE CRIMSON FAIRY BOOK (London: Longmans Green & Co., 1903).  First edition, 18 x 12cm (8vo), in publisher's dark crimson linen w/gilt designs to fr. cover & spine (designed by Ford, w/his monogram to fr. cover), gilt title to spine, a.e.g., 371 (xii) pp. w/10 in-text b&w illus., +tissue-guarded colour frontis., 7 other colour plates & numerous full-page b&w plates, all by Ford.  Printed by Spottiswoode & Co. Ltd., London.  Binding Good (extremities & spine bumped & retoned, recased w/new cream ep.s [now sl. spotted], & sl. bubbling to rear cover); contents Very Good (occas. lt. spotting & thumbing).  Green 246, Osborne 35.  (Inv. #1328)  C$400





Binding
Lang, Andrew (ed.), and Henry Justice Ford (illus.), THE BROWN FAIRY BOOK (London: Longmans Green & Co., 1904).  First edition, 18 x 12cm (8vo), in publisher's brown linen w/gilt designs to fr. cover & spine, gilt title to spine, a.e.g., silver designs on burgundy ep.s, 350 (xiii) pp. w/numerous in-text b&w illus., +tissue-guarded colour frontis & 7 full-page colour plates & numerous full-page b&w plates, all by Ford.  Printed by Spottiswoode & Co. Ltd., London.  Inscribed to recto of 1st blank: "To Rachel with love & best wishes from Noël & Esmé, Nov: 21st: [19]04."  Binding Good (extremities moderately bumped & rubbed, spine & fr. cover gilt designs a bit rubbed, & rear hinge mended); contents Very Good (sl. shaken, & occas. lt. spots).  Green 247, Osborne 35.  (Inv. #1278)  C$400





Binding
Lang, Andrew (ed.), and Henry Justice Ford (illus.), THE BROWN FAIRY BOOK (New York: Longmans Green & Co., 1904).  First US edition, 18 x 12cm (8vo), in publisher's brown linen w/gilt designs to fr. cover & spine, gilt title to spine, a.e.g., silver designs on burgundy ep.s, 350 (xiii) pp. w/numerous in-text b&w illus., +tissue-guarded colour frontis & 7 full-page colour plates (all w/their original tissue-guards) & numerous full-page b&w plates, all by Ford.  Printed at the Norwood Press, Norwood MA.  Binding Very Good (extremities moderately bumped & rubbed, spine gilt a bit faded, & sl. damage to ep.s w/hinges starting); contents Very Good (sl. shaken, & occas. lt. spotting).  Green 247, Osborne 35.  (Inv. #1279)  C$300





Binding
Lang, Andrew (ed.), and Henry Justice Ford (illus.), THE ORANGE FAIRY BOOK (London: Longmans Green & Co., 1906).  First edition, 18 x 12cm (8vo), in publisher's orange linen w/gilt designs to fr. cover & spine, gilt title to spine, a.e.g., 358 [xiv] pp. w/numerous in-text b&w illus., +colour frontis & 7 full-page colour plates, & numerous full-page b&w plates.  Printed by Spottiswoode & Co. Ltd., London.  Inscribed to verso of fr. ep.: "To Molly with Aunt Mary's love, Xmas 1906."  Binding Good (spine moderately ruckled w/gilt thereon a bit faded, extremities moderately bumped & rubbed, & ep.s a bit foxed); contents Very Good (occas. lt. spotting).  Green 246, Osborne 35.  (Inv. #1323)  C$400





Binding
Lang, Andrew (ed.), and Henry Justice Ford (illus.), THE ORANGE FAIRY BOOK (New York: Longmans Green & Co., 1906).  First US edition, 18 x 12cm (8vo), in publisher's orange linen w/gilt designs to fr. cover & spine, gilt title to spine, a.e.g., 358 [xiv] pp. w/numerous in-text b&w illus., +tissue-guarded colour frontis & 7 full-page colour plates w/original tissue-guards, & numerous full-page b&w plates.  Printed by The Plimpton Press, Norwood MA.  Inscribed in a child's hand to recto of fr. ep.: This book belongs to Frances Macnamara."  Binding Good (spine darkened w/gilt thereon dulled, extremities moderately bumped & rubbed, cloth sl. soiled, & fr. hinge mended); contents Very Good (a few short closed edge tears, & centre sections sl. proud).  (Inv. #1322)  C$300





Binding
Lang, Andrew (ed.), and Henry Justice Ford (illus.), THE OLIVE FAIRY BOOK (London: Longmans Green & Co., 1907).  First edition, 18 x 12cm (8vo), in publisher's olive linen w/gilt designs to fr. cover & spine, gilt title to spine, a.e.g., decorative lt. & med. green ep.s, 336 [xvi] pp. w/publ. adverts to verso of half-title & 22 in-text b&w illus., +tissue-guarded colour frontis & 7 full-page colour plates, & 20 unpaginated full-page b&w plates, all by Ford.  Printed by Spottiswoode & Co. Ltd., London.  Inscribed to recto of fr. ep.: "To dear Phyllis, Christmas 1907"; also w/Phyllis Marden's decorative bookplate to verso of fr. ep.  Binding Good (extremities moderately bumped & worn, spine sl. darkened, & lt. splotches to fr. cover); contents Near-Fine (occas. lt. spotting).  Green 247, Osborne 35.  (Inv. #1326)  C$500





Binding
Lang, Andrew (ed.), and Henry Justice Ford (illus.), THE LILAC FAIRY BOOK (London: Longmans Green & Co., 1910).  First edition, 18 x 12.5cm (8vo), in publisher's pale lilac linen w/gilt designs to fr. cover & spine, gilt title to spine, a.e.g., cream ep.s, 369 [xvi] pp. w/numerous in-text b&w illus., +tissue-guarded colour frontis & 5 colour plates, & numerous full-page b&w illus., 1p. publ. advert to verso of half-title & 2pp. publ. adverts to rear.  Printed by Spottiswoode & Co. Ltd., London.  With the decorative Walter Crane-esque bookplate of E.A. Bennett to fr. pastedown.  Binding Good (spine moderately darkened, partial ring mark to fr. cover, lt. stain to lower rear cover, & cloth faded as usual but retaining more than a hint of its original colour); contents Near-Fine (a couple of minor creases).  Green 248, Osborne 35.  (Inv. #1303)  C$500



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