The Little Lame Prince And His Travelling Cloak. A Parable for …

[CRAIK, Dinah Maria Mulock] By the author of "John Halifax, Gentleman". The Little Lame Prince And His Travelling Cloak. A Parable for Young and Old.

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[CRAIK, Dinah Maria Mulock] By the author of "John Halifax, Gentleman". The Little Lame Prince And His Travelling Cloak. A Parable for Young and Old. London; Daldy, Isbister & Co., 56, Ludgate Hill. 1875.

8vo. Publisher's sage green cloth elaborately and pictorially blocked in gilt and black to spine and upper cover, all edges gilt, original matt brown endpapers; pp. [viii], [1]-169 + [15], publisher's catalogue; with text engravings throughout by J. McL. Ralston; a very good copy of a scarce book, with some external rubbing, bruising to spine ends with a tiny surface nick to head, slight flecking to 2cm of lower cover and turning to forecorner tips; internally generally very clean with the occasional minor marks, a neat contemporary ink inscription, dated 1875, to front blank, and a one gathering a touch proud.
First edition. Dinah Mulock Craik was in many ways ahead of her time in her ambition to engender a positive response to social issues in her readers and to encourage them to develop empathy with the disadvantaged. Other critics however have extended their understanding of this work to suggest a parallel with the restrictions imposed on middle-class British Victorian women. Although many at the time praised the book's intentions, the author L. Frank Baum (creator of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) was more judgemental suggesting that, "a normal child should not be harassed with pitiful subjects and even the maimed ones prefer to idolize the well and strong".
The story tells of the young Prince Dolor who has been left paralysed after a childhood trauma and who is exiled to an abandoned tower. A fairy godmother endows him with a magical travelling cloak which allows him to see, but not touch, the world. He uses it to go on various enlightening adventures which reward him with great wisdom and which eventually make him a compassionate ruler in his own land.
Only 4 copies located on Copac (BL; Trinity, Dublin; Cambridge; Nat. Lib. of Scotland). No copies of the first edition located in commerce at the time of cataloguing.

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