First edition, first printing. Publisher's original blue cloth illustrated in gilt to the upper board, titles in gilt to the spine. All edges gilt. Illustrated with eight full page plates and numerous drawings throughout the text. Decorated title page and tail piece vignettes. Black coated endpapers. A very good or better copy, the binding square and firm with some rubbing to the spine hinges and a touch of wear and bumping at the spine tips and board corners with a tiny bit of fraying. The cloth and gilt are clean and bright with slight fading to the spine. The contents, with a little light foxing, primarily to the prelims but occasionally and faintly throughout, are complete and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. An attractive example in entirely original condition, scarce thus.
The first and scarcest volume in Andrew Lang's beautifully produced Colour Fairy Book series. The stories include: The Bronze Ring; Prince Hyacinth and the Dear Little Princess; East of the Sun and West of the Moon; The Yellow Dwarf; Little Red Riding Hood; The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood; Cinderella or the Little Glass Slipper; Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp; The Tale of a Youth Who Set Out to Learn What Fear Was; Rumpelstiltskin; Beauty and the Beast; The Master Maid; Why the Sea Is Salt; The Master Cat or Puss in Boots; Felicia and the Pot of Pinks; The White Cat; The Water-lily / The Gold-spinners; The Terrible Head; The Story of Pretty Goldilocks; The History of Whittington; The Wonderful Sheep; Little Thumb; The Forty Thieves; Hansel and Gretel; Snow-White and Rose-Red; The Goose-girl; Toads and Diamonds; Prince Darling; Blue Beard; Trusty John; The Brave Little Tailor; A Voyage to Lilliput; The Princess on the Glass Hill; The Story of Prince Ahmed and the Fairy Paribanou; The History of Jack the Giant-killer; The Black Bull of Norroway; The Red Etin.
Stock code: 20838