The Book of Princes and Princesses
The Book of Princes and Princesses

LANG, Mrs. (author). H.J. FORD (illustrator). The Book of Princes and Princesses.

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LANG, Mrs. (author). H.J. FORD (illustrator). The Book of Princes and Princesses. London; Longmans, Green And Co. 1908.

8vo. Original deep blue pictorial cloth lavishly blocked in gilt to spine and upper board, all edges gilt, preserved in drab pictorial dustwrapper repeating the binding design in blue; pp. [vii], viii-xiii, [xiv-xvii], xviii-xix + [i] + 361 + [6] (publisher's catalogue); with 8 fine coloured plates and line illustrations after engravings throughout; externally near fine with some yellowing to white cloud panel to upper board and one tiny nick to cloth on upper board (2mm); internally equally fine and fresh, without inscription, and with a light vertical crease at extreme fore-edge of a few leaves and 3 with additional tiny closed tears and a sliver of fore-edge chipping; protected by the very scarce dustwrapper with overall dusting and rubbing, tanning to spine, a few small marks to lower panel, narrow flaking to spine tail and joints, chipping to head (to a maximum depth of 7mm), and considerable archival tissue and tape repair, and reinforcement, to the reverse to protect longer tears which are largely invisible from above.
First edition, first issue, presented in original binding blocked in gilt to both spine and upper board, and with all edges of the book block gilded rather than just the top edge. The dustwrapper lists this title as the final one in a list of 20 titles from Lang's Fairy Book Series.

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