Andrew Lang, The Coloured Fairy Books
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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 fine-ribbed cloth 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., +tissue-guarded frontis & 7 full-page b&w plates thru-out, +16pp. publ. cat. (dated August 1889) to rear.  Printed by Spottiswoode & Co., London.  Lightly inscr. to titlepage: "John Eckley Daniells, Christmas 1889."  Binding Very Good (extremities sl. bumped & rubbed, spine gilt rubbed at head, & fr. hinge starting); contents Good (occas. lt. stains, a few short closed edge-tears, moderate spine lean, & a couple of leaves sl. proud).  Green passim, Osborne 35.  (Inv. #1178)  C$1,500





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Lang, Andrew (ed.), and Henry Justice Ford & Lancelot Speed (illus.), THE RED FAIRY BOOK (London: Longmans Green & Co., 1890).  First edition, 18 x 12cm (8vo), in publisher's red linen w/gilt designs to fr. cover & spine, gilt title to spine, a.e.g., burgundy ep.s, 367 [x] pp. +tissue-guarded frontis & numerous full-page & in-text b&w illus. by Ford & Speed, +4 +16pp. publ. cat.s to rear (the 2nd dated 9/90).  Printed by Spottiswoode & Co., London.  Inscribed to recto of 1st blank: "With Mrs. Opilier's love to Prizzel, Christmas 1890."  Binding Very Good (extremities sl. bumped & worn, & spine moderately sunned); contents Near-Fine (occas. lt. spotting).  Green passim, Osborne 35.  (Inv. #1205)  C$800





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Lang, Andrew (ed.), and Henry Justice Ford (illus.), THE GREEN FAIRY BOOK (London: Longmans Green & Co., 1892).  First edition, 18 x 12.5cm (8vo), in publisher's forest green fine-ribbed cloth w/gilt designs to fr. cover & spine, gilt title to spine, a.e.g., charcoal ep.s, 366 [xii] pp. w/tissue-guarded frontis & numerous b&w illus. by Ford, +2pp. publ. adverts to rear.  Printed by Spottiswoode & Co., London.  Inscribed "Bee from her godfather, Christmas 1892," & "Ann from her mother, March 14th 1920," both to verso of fr. ep.  Binding Very Good (extremities sl. bumped, & ep.s sl. browned); contents Very Good (infrequent lt. foxing)--an unusually bright copy.  Slater 41, Green 82 & 244, Osborne 35.  (Inv. #1243)  C$600





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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





Lang, Andrew (ed.), and Henry Justice Ford (illus.), THE YELLOW FAIRY BOOK (London: Longmans Green & Co., 1894).  First edition, 18 x 12cm (8vo), in publisher's yellow fine-ribbed cloth w/gilt design to fr. cover & spine, gilt title to spine, a.e.g., charcoal ep.s, 321 (xvi) pp. w/1p. publ. advert to verso of half-title, tissue-guarded frontis, & numerous in-text b&w illus., +21 full-page b&w plates thru-out & 2pp. publ. adverts to rear.  Printed by Spottiswoode & Co., London.  Faintly inscr. to head of half-title: "Frederich H. Waterhouse from his loving wife. Xmas 1894."  Binding Very Good (extremities moderately bumped, spine a bit darkened, & rear cover sl. stained), contents Near-Fine (infrequent lt. foxing).  Green 245, Osborne 36, Colbeck 80.  (Inv. #1287)  C$500





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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



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Lang, Andrew (ed.), and Henry Justice Ford (illus.), THE PINK FAIRY BOOK (London: Longmans Green & Co., 1897).  First edition, 18 x 12.5cm (8vo), in publisher's pink linen w/gilt designs to fr. cover & spine, gilt title to spine, a.e.g., charcoal ep.s, 360 [x] pp. w/tissue-guarded frontis & numerous b&w illus. by Ford.  Printed by Spottiswoode & Co., London.  Inscribed to recto of 1st blank: "For Gladys from her Mother, Xmas 1897."  Binding Very Good (spine sl. darkened, & gilt moderately rubbed); contents Near-Fine (minor chipping to edges of 1st 2 leaves).  Green 245, Osborne 35.  (Inv. #1302)  C$600





Lang, Andrew (ed.), and Henry Justice Ford (illus.), THE GREY FAIRY BOOK (New York: Longmans Green & Co., 1901).  First US edition, second issue, 18 x 12cm (8vo), in publisher's grey linen w/gilt designs to fr. cover & spine, gilt title to spine, a.e.g., cream ep.s, [i-ix] x [xi] xii, 387 [388] pp. w/numerous full-page & in-text b&w illus. by Ford.  Printed by John Wilson & Son, Cambridge MA.  With the small nameplate of Ruth Lawrence (Bedford, MA) to fr. pastedown.  Binding Good (extremities moderately bumped & rubbed, & a few lt. stains to cloth); contents Very Good (a few sections sl. proud).  (Inv. #1305)  C$300




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Lang, Andrew (ed.), and Henry Justice Ford (illus.), THE VIOLET FAIRY BOOK (London: Longmans Green & Co., 1901).  First edition, 18 x 12cm (8vo), in publisher's dark violet fine-ribbed cloth w/gilt designs to fr. cover & spine, gilt title to spine, a.e.g., charcoal ep.s, 388 (xii) pp. w/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.  With the small bookseller's ticket of Woods & Co., Malvern to lower fr. pastedown.  Binding Very Good (extremities sl. bumped, & unobtrusive rub spot & waterstain to rear cover); contents Very Good (occas. lt. foxing).  Green 246, Osborne 35.  (Inv. #1276)  C$500





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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




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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 crimson linen w/gilt designs to fr. cover & spine, gilt title to spine, a.e.g., red design on pink fr. ep.s & blue design on pale blue rear ep.s, 371 [xii] 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.  Binding Very Good (spine sl. faded w/tips bumped); contents Near-Fine--an unusually bright copy.  Green 246, Osborne 35.  (Inv. #1277)  C$600





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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$500





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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$400





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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 (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.  With the armorial bookplate of J.A.L. Loudon & sig. & date (July 1936) of Elizabeth Manly Starck, both to fr. pastedown.  Binding Very Good (spine a bit faded, extremities moderately bumped & rubbed, & ep.s a bit stained w/fr. hinge starting); contents Very Good (occas. lt. spotting, & margins sl. toned).  Green 246, Osborne 35.  (Inv. #1280)  C$500





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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.  Binding Very Good (hinges mended, & cloth faded as usual--easily the most fugitive dye ever used on a binding); contents Near-Fine.  Green 248, Osborne 35.  (Inv. #1304)  C$600





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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