The Green Fairy Book

LANG, Andrew (author). H.J. FORD (illustrator). The Green Fairy Book.

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LANG, Andrew (author). H.J. FORD (illustrator). The Green Fairy Book. London, Longmans, Green And Co. 1893.

8vo. Original dark green cloth elaborately and pictorially gilt to spine and upper cover, all edges gilt, grey endpapers; pp. [xi] + [iii] + 366 + [ii], adverts.; copiously illustrated after engravings by Ford; an exceptionally fresh copy with gilt glittering to spine and upper board, a couple of very small and insignificant marks with loss of surface sheen to upper cover (only visible in a certain light), and slight bruising to tail; internally clean throughout with a little speckling beneath the gilding to the book block and a little very pale and very occasional foxing.

Second edition of the scarce third title in the coloured fairy series by Lang, following the Blue and Red Fairy Books and published in the following year. The book is presented in identical format to the first edition, with a dramatic gilt-blocked binding depicting a woman restraining a fire-breathing dragon.