LANG, Andrew (editor). H.J. FORD (illustrator). The Red True Story Book. London; Longmans, Green And Co. 1895.
8vo. Original red polished cloth, elaborately and pictorially blocked and lettered in gilt to spine and upper board, all edges gilt, matt black endpapers; pp. [vii], viii, [ix-x], xi-xii + 419; with engravings throughout in profusion by H.J. Ford; a bright copy with some fading to spine, small bruise to lower forecorners of boards, and a tiny surface nick to head of spine (2mm), internally generally very good and sound with spotting beneath the gilt edges, and foxing to prelims and endleaves.
First edition, with an autograph note signed in ink by Andrew Lang on embossed letter-heading from 8, Gibson Place, St. Andrews, Scotland, dated Nov. 1895, referring to 'some rhymes' which Lang was forwarding to Mr. Colvin, as Mr. Stevenson's executor. A collection of factual, and fascinating, stories from international history including, 'A Relation of three years' Suffering of Robert Everard upon the Island of Assada, near Madagascar, in a Voyage to India, in the year 1686'; 'The Pitcairn Islanders'; 'The Life and Death of Joan the Maid' and 'The Crowning of Ines de Castro'.