Older Fairy & Folk Books

20075 The Crimson Fairy Book, A. Lang, H. J. Ford Illus, Longmans 1st printing

The Crimson Fairy Book. Longmans 1st.

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 wrote the adaptations for most of them so his role has been in ferreting out the interesting and varied world wide tales of this collection.



Sleeping Beauty Pantomime Toy Book. McLoughlin.

Sleeping Beauty Pantomime Toy Book.

Constructed with 4 pages of text on front and back (poem and story); inset in these is a one sided full colour proscenium with orchestra players below and empty theater boxes, inset in this is a booklet of eight pages and within each spread of this booklet both a smaller and larger strip, making 13 pages of bright and detailed full chromolitho illustrations as the pages and strips are turned. Delightful!



20086 A Fairy Garland by Perrault, illus Dulac.

A Fairy Garland.

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.


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.



20206 Wonderful Stories for Children by Andersen.

Wonderful Stories for Children.

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.)



20312 The Land of Long Ago by Weedon, pub. by Nister.

The Land of Long Ago, a Visit to Fairyland.

Humpty Dumpty escorts two children to the other side of a high brick wall at the bottom of the garden and into fairyland, where nursery rhyme and story characters await. Beautiful scenes can be let down to show Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, The Sleeping Beauty, Puss in Boots, There Was an Old Woman, and Beauty and the Beast. (Hunt p. 337) The pop-up mechanisms are designed so that young children can operate them.



The White Elephant by Faulkner, Frederick Richardson, ill. Volland 1929 1st. Box

The White Elephant and Other Tales from India.

Stories taken from various sources and originally broadcast by the "Radio Lady", which read smoothly. Her introduction gives children further books to explore and introduces them to comparative folklore. The illustrations are beautiful: full color plates inspired by Mughal painting, each facing a decorated caption, and others in black and white. (Since all Volland paper was "plate" quality, the colour and b/w could be printed on either side of the sheet.)

The stories are: The White Elephant, The Grain of Corn, The Timid Little Rabbit, Singh Raja and the Cunning Little Jackals, The Kingdom of Mouseland, The Alligator and the Jackal, The Bold Blackbird, The Kid and the Tiger, The Brahmin and the Tiger, The Bear's Bad Bargain, The Man Who Rode a Tiger.



Twinkie Town Tales by Carlyle Emery, Arthur Henderson, ill, Whitman, 1932

Twinkie Town Tales.

The first two of the Hamilton-Brown Shoe Company softcover series, itself compiled from their ads, gathered into one large book. The constantly grinning Twinkies establish their town and work away in a bright colourful world, fully realized with much detail. The rhymes flow smoothly, fun to read aloud.



Fairy Legends of the French Provinces. Cary (Carey). Crowell, 1887, 1903.

Fairy Legends of the French Provinces.

Thirty-four short tales from the provinces of France, some from the colonies, with the transcriber named.



The Wild Flower Fairy Book by Singleton, C. B. Falls, ill. 15/16 plates present

The Wild Flower Fairy Book. (Wildflower).




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