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 a handful of copies 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 (115 90 mm). Mid 20th-century buckram, titles painted to upper board in black and white, rules painted to spine in black, patterned endpapers Illustrated title page and dedication leaf. Title page printed in red and black. Binder’s ticket to rear pastedown. Contemporary gift inscription to dedication leaf. Wrappers rubbed with wear at the corners, edges of boards, and ends of spine, occasional spotting particularly to titles and early leaves, spine cracked between pages 64 and 65. A very good copy.