WILLIAMS-ELLIS, Amabel (author). Wilma HICKSON (illustrator). Fairies And Enchanters, A New Book of Old English Stories, Providing Also Intelligence of Sundry Giants Lobs Mermaids Witches Boggarts Pisgies Knights Princesses and Dragons of this Land Whose Histories (now carefully collected) were before in Great Danger of Being Forgotten. London; Thomas Nelson And Sons, Ltd. ,
8vo. Publisher's beige cloth pictorially blocked and lettered in red to spine and upper cover, top edges green, in pictorial dustwrapper; pp. [vii], viii-[ix] + x + 339 + [iii]; with 8 coloured plates and full-page plates, pictorial chapter-headings, and other vignettes in black and white by Wilma Hickson; both externally and internally a very good copy with light dusting and spotting to fore-, and lower edges of book block, with a neat contemporary gift inscription, dated 1947, to front free endpaper, protected by a very good example of the scarce, unclipped dustwrapper (7/6) with loss to head of spine to a maximum depth of 17mm (now carefully backed with green paper affixed with tiny strips of archival tissue to verso), chipping and nicking to corners, overall dust-soiling, and an unobtrusive (largely closed) tear to top edge of upper panel with small and triangular associated loss (15mm); scarce, especially in dustwrapper.
Early edition, issued here in the Nelsonian Library edition, with titles listed in the advertisement panel of the dustwrapper up to 1947: apparently first published in an undated edition in 1933. Only 7 copies located on Copac, which all collate as this copy but are given a suggested date of 1933 or '34 (Trinity, Dublin; BL; UCL; V & A; Univ. of Leeds, Nat. Lib. of Wales; Nat. Lib. of Scotland). One copy listed at Univ. of Edinburgh, dated 1934, with 301 pages, which may be the true first edition.