NESBIT, Edith (author). H.R. MILLAR and H. GRANVILLE FELL (illustrators). The Book of Dragons. London and New York, Harper And Brothers. 1901.
8vo. Original French blue cloth pictorially blocked and lettered in gilt to spine and upper board, top edge gilt, others uncut; pp. x + [ii], -290 + [i]; with xylographic frontispiece and title-page spread in burnt orange and blue together with 8 further full-page plates in the same medium and colours as chapter introductions by H. Granville Fell, with 16 additional plates after engravings, all featuring dragons, by H.R. Millar; a remarkably fresh, and beautiful, copy with minimal dusting and rubbing to joints, spine ends, and forecorner tips, with small bruising to heel of spine, a small area of blistering to cloth at lower board, and a tiny ink spot to the same (5mm); internally without inscription and fine throughout bar the crisp, and marginal, excision of the lower forecorner of a single leaf; rare in this condition.
First edition: published simultaneously in London and New York. Nesbit introduces the reader to "eight dreadful dragons" in separate stories including: "The Ice Dragon, or do as you are told"; The Dragon Tamer", and "The Fiery Dragon, or the heart of stone and the heart of gold". In our experience this is the scarcest Nesbit title in first edition, even exceeding in trickiness her great classic The Railway Children (1906).