Christina’s Fairy Book.
First edition, first impression. Ford’s scarcest book, issued in the so-called Pinafore Library, a series of small gift books written by well-regarded literary authors such as Arthur Ransome, Lady Sackville, and Ford himself. The rather eccentric publishing habits of Alston Rivers leave one to conjecture what happened to this edition since it is a genuine rarity in the canon. Only some four or so copies including this one are known, with no copy recorded at auction in the past 35 years at least. Harvey never saw a copy of this or the American edition, and until now neither had we. Copac records only three copies and OCLC shows none in America, although there is a copy at Princeton added after the Naumburg collection check-list was published in the Princeton University Library Chronicle.
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Sextodecimo. Original blue cloth-backed pictorial wrappers, titles to spine in black, pictorial endpapers. Housed in a blue morocco backed folding case. Ownership form completed in a child’s hand, few marginal nicks, wrappers a little chafed. Excellent.