Older Fairy & Folk Books

Fairy & Folk Tales: Older Folk & Fairy Books. 19th and early 20th c publications. Modern illustrators of individual authors from this period may also be found in Modern Juvenile and Picture Folk & Fairy sections, for instance, modern editions of Anderson, Grimm, Perrault, d'Aulnoy, and Asbjorsen. (La Fontaine and Aesop are with Myths Fables and Legends.)
Crosspatch... Broderip/Thomas Hood, ill hand coloured plates. Griffith 1865

Crosspatch, the Cricket and the Counterpane, a Patchwork of Story and Song.

"A patchwork of story and song" a long fantasy involving two children and the strange characters. Beautifully coloured plates, still very bright. Frances and Thomas (Tom Hood) were the children of the poet Thomas Hood the Elder. They collaborated on a series of young children's books.



Green Willow. James, ed/Goble ill. Macmillan, 1923/1910, 3rd trade ed.

Green Willow and other Japanese Fairy Tales.

A collection of Japanese tales and legends from various sources: from the author's memory, from plays, and from the Ko-ji-ki or Record of Ancient Matters .. some newly translated. Beautifully illustrated by Goble. NOTE: THIS BOOK HAS BEEN SOLD.



Quacks, the Story of the Ugly Duckling, Marion Wingrave, illustrator.

Quacks, the Story of the Ugly Duckling.

Finelined borders surround verse tale and a lovely chromolithograph on each page showing the (never ugly) duckling set in a bucolic landscape. Some pages have borders of wild flowers. Quite beautiful, with no printer ascribed. Please note: THIS BOOK HAS BEEN SOLD



The Fairy Book, J. A. Adams, illustrator, Harper and Brothers (1836)

The Fairy Book.

Twenty-seven fairy tales: traditional English, Perrault and others, with twelve translated for this volume; includes Florise, Prince Nosey, Aurora&Amy, and a very interesting introduction by "John Smith". PLEASE NOTE: This book has been sold.



21321 The Valley of Color Days by Sandwell.

The Valley of Color Days.

A long fairy story by a Canadian writer, set in a valley between the Rockies and the Selkirk Mountains. The very kind fairies who watch over the valley see that the children have been ignored while their parents argue. They set about to make everyone happy again. Bright funny colour plates in the style of Charles Robinson or perhaps a cheerful Harry Clarke. SIGNED and briefly INSCRIBED by Helen Sandwell at Invermere BC, 1924



20086 A Fairy Garland by Perrault, illus Dulac.

A Fairy Garland, being Fairy Tales From the Old French.

A poem and eight tales, most by Perrault and d'Aulnoy, including Puss in Boots, Green Dragon, Fortunata, May Blossom, with lovely paintings.



19883 Cecily (Elf Goldihair) by Helm, Gertrude Kay illustrator.

Cecily (Elf Goldihair) (Elfchen Goldhaar)

Pictures with Kay's odd charm about a little circus girl who has a trapeze accident and stays behind under the care of a widow and her son. Her friends call her Elf Goldenhair since she is as light as a fairy queen, but her wildness is too much for the village and she is sent away to school. By a German children's novelist of the second half of the 1900's, who wrote fairy tales and many books for adolescent girls.



20075 CrimsonFairyBook mainOCB

The Crimson Fairy Book.

In an amusing preface, the editor points out yet again that he is not the creator of these stories, as most of his readers seem to think. "Like nature, popular tales are too vast to be the creation of a single modern mind." His wife, Mrs. Lang, actually did the adaptations for most of them so his role has been in ferreting out the interesting and varied world wide tales of this collection.



20206 Wonderful Stories for Children by Andersen.

Wonderful Stories for Children: First Series

Mary Howitt, a children's author and a sometime friend of Andersen's, learned some Danish to help her with these translations. The more violent stories were softened for little children (The Storks). This first series contains: (frontis plate), Ole Luckoie, The Daisy, The Naughty Boy, Tommelise (Thumbelina), The Rose-Elf (no plate), The Garden of Paradise (plate), A Night in the Kitchen, Little Ida's Flowers (plate), The Constant Tin Soldier, The Storks. The book represents the first illustrated version available in the United States. Note: According to MARC records, 3 plates are called for in this publication: these plates are the same as 3 of the 4 plates in the British first, lacking The Rose-Elf, and it is quite possible that they were the only ones used. Also the Boner/Pocci heavily illustrated Danish Story-Book was published in England in 1846, but I do not know when it became available in the US. (The author's name is misspelled on the title page.)



21560 Green Fairy Book by Lang

The Green Fairy Book

In his preface To the Friendly Reader, Lang writes: "This is the third and probably the last of the Fairy Books of many colours." but of course it was not! Stories borrowed from many cultures. Forty-two tales, short and long, many less familiar tales, each with a one word source. (Southey's Three Bears). NOTE: This book has been SOLD.



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