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    A Complete First Edition Set of Andrew Lang's Fairy Books

    [Andrew Lang, editor]. A Complete Set of Andrew Lang's Fairy Books, including: The Blue Fairy Book. [and:] The Red Fairy Book. [and:] The Green Fairy Book. [and:] The Yellow Fairy Book. [and:] The Pink Fairy Book. [and:] The Grey Fairy Book. [and:] The Violet Fairy Book. [and:] The Crimson Fairy Book. [and:] The Brown Fairy Book. [and:] The Orange Fairy Book. [and:] The Olive Fairy Book. [and:] The Lilac Fairy Book. Edited by Andrew Lang. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1889-1910.

    First editions. Twelve small octavo volumes. With numerous illustrations by H. J. Ford, J. P. Jacomb Hood, and Lancelot Speed, including color plates in The Violet Fairy Book, The Crimson Fairy Book, The Brown Fairy Book, The Orange Fairy Book, The Olive Fairy Book, and The Lilac Fairy Book.

    Beautifully bound by Bayntun in full twentieth-century tan calf. Covers double-ruled in gilt, spines decoratively ruled and tooled in gilt in compartments, with multi-colored gilt morocco lettering labels (the colors of the spine labels correspond with the title of each book), five raised bands, gilt board edges and turn-ins, marbled endpapers, and all edges gilt. A fine set.

    "Andrew Lang [1844-1912] was a Scottish scholar who carried on a tireless research in the field of folklore. His 'coloured' fairy books have been popular with boys and girls since their first appearance" (Osborne Collection I, pp. 34-36, and II, p. 604). Complete sets of the "Fairy Books" are very scarce.


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