ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. Danish Fairy Legends and Tales.
London : 1846First edition translated into English directly from the Danish. This copy comes from the library of the book collector and producer of printing press equipment, Robert Hoe (1839-1909), with his morocco gilt book label to the front pastedown.
Two shorter selections of Hans Andersen's stories had first appeared earlier in the same year, translated... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 148968
ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. Hans Andersen's Story Book:
New York : 1849First collected American edition. The volume contains 27 of Hans Andersen's stories translated into English by Mary Howitt and Charles Boner, including "The Snow Queen", "The Emperor's New Clothes" and "The Real Princess" (better known as "The Princess and the Pea"), and "The Red Shoes", together with a short biography of Andersen by Howitt.
Selections... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 144875
BARLOW, Jane. The End of Elfintown.
London : 1894First edition of this interesting contribution to Victorian fairy literature by Irish-born poet and writer Jane Barlow (1857-1917).
It is exquisitely illustrated in a Pre-Raphaelite style by Laurence Housman (1865-1959), who also designed the art nouveau cover. Barlow was close friends with fellow Irish poets Katherine Tynan and William Butler... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 135808
BELL-IRVING, Eva. The Witch in the Moon and other writings.
Kelso : Second edition, presentation copy from the author, inscribed boldly across the front pastedown, "Annabel Kerr from Eva Bell Irving, June 13th 1938, compiled & arranged by Rufus Coyer(?) from Scrapbooks & Albums". Very scarce, Library Hub records copies at just two British and Irish institutional libraries (British Library, Cambridge); WorldCat adding... Learn More£65.00
Stock Code: 139904
BLACKWOOD, Algernon. A Prisoner in Fairyland.
1913First edition, first impression. The sequel to The Education of Uncle Paul which was first published in 1909. Blackwood became "Uncle Paul" to children in his own family and those of his friends. He delighted in having the fun of the children without the responsibility. Blackwood was of the opinion that children, like animals, had not lost their instinctive... Learn More£140.00
Stock Code: 47471
BURNE-JONES, Edward (illus.); MacLAREN, Archibald. The Fairy Family.
London : 1857First edition, in an attractive custom binding in notably bright condition. This work features Edward Burne-Jones's first book illustrations, done while still at Oxford and published anonymously at his own request. This copy appears to have been bound for the liberal politician and medieval scholar Allan Heywood Bright (1862-1941) with his and his brother's... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 142951
CARROLL, Lewis. Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.
London : 1887Third edition, presentation copy to the child actress who appeared in the first professional stage performance of "Alice". Inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Presented to Georgina Martin by Lewis Carroll as a memento of her having taken part in the DreamPlay 'Alice in Wonderland' written by H. Savile Clarke and first produced Christmas, 1886." Following... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 108874
COLERIDGE, Sara. Phantasmion.
London : 1874First named edition, second overall, with the publisher's ads dated August 1875, of the long fairy-tale Phantasmion, "one of the earliest novel-length fantasies separate from the Gothic tradition" (Sanders), and the first appearance of the work with the author's name printed on the title page: it was first published anonymously in 1837 in a run of just... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 144079
CRUIKSHANK, George. Fairy Library.
London : [1853-54]A lovely set of first editions, in the original wrappers, with the following issue points:
1. Hop-O'My-Thumb with two out of three points: with the rear wrapper reading "Preparing for Publication", and the rear free endpaper pasted to rear wrapper.
2. The History of Jack & the Bean-Stalk with two of the five points: the "Jack climbing... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 138092
DETMOLD, E. J. (illus.) The Arabian Nights.
London : Signed limited edition, number 99 of 100 copies only signed by the artist. "On the strength of The Arabian Nights, Detmold could have become one of the greatest illustrators of fantasy and fairy stories" (Richard Dalby, The Golden Age of Children's Book Illustration, pp. 98). Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 30661
DODS, Mary Diana, otherwise Walter Sholto Douglas. Tales of the Wild and the Wonderful.
London : 1867Expanded second edition of this scarce collection of historically important fairy and mythic tales by a significant writer of the Romantic period. This title was first published anonymously in 1825 and though previously attributed to George Borrow has been confidently tied to the Scottish writer, under their birth name of Mary Diana Dods (1790-1830),... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 145868
DROSINES, George; Aristotle Kourtidos; E. M. Edmonds (trans.) Stories from Fairyland
London : 1892First edition, first impression, in the rare dust jacket. The third in the Children's Library Series, Stories from Fairyland is a collection of short stories by George Drosines, translated from the Greek. Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 137892
GOBLE, Warwick (illus.); BASILE, Giambattista. Stories from the Pentamerone.
London : 1911First Goble edition, first impression. The deluxe limited edition, one of only 150 copies. The Pentamerone was a seminal fairy-tale collection containing early forms of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Puss in Boots, Sleeping Beauty and Hansel and Gretel. It was originally written down from oral Italian sources by poet Giambattista Basile in the 17th century,... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 145124
HEARN, Lafcadio. Japanese Fairy Tales.
Tokyo : First edition thus of the illustrated 5-volume set of Japanese folklore stories. These five tales were first published on plain paper between 1898 and 1922 in a larger format than this one. They were also issued separately in small crêpe-paper editions (the crêpeing process was applied after printing) sometimes simultaneously as the first plain paper... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 146072
HERDMAN, Charlotte (trans.) The Return of the Fairies:
Dublin : 1824First edition in English of the comtesse de Choiseul's fairy tales, which was first published at Parisin 1818. This is a rare find, Library Hub locates a single copy at the National Library of Wales, WorldCat adds a further four, all in the US (Morgan Library, University of Chicago, Indiana University, and Princeton).
The comtesse Félicité... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 145729
KEIGHTLEY, Thomas. The Fairy Mythology;
London : 1833Second edition, the first with Keightley's name on the title page, of this influential anthology of fairy tales and lore by the Irish writer Thomas Keightley (1789-1872).
The book was first issued, without Keightley's name on the title page, by William Harrison Ainsworth in 1828. This edition might in fact be termed the second issue of the first... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 147902
LANG, Andrew (ed.) The Orange Fairy Book.
London : 1906First edition, first impression, of the tenth of Andrew Lang's Fairy Books, gathering folk stories from Africa to Jutland, here a particularly fine copy preserving - most unusually - the original dust jacket, without restoration.
"The series became a landmark in the presentation of traditional tales, for it introduced children to selections of... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 143082
LANG, Andrew (ed.) The Grey Fairy Book.
London : 1900First edition, first impression, of the sixth instalment in Lang's Fairy Book series, with tales "deriving from many countries - Lithuania, various parts of Africa, Germany, France, Greece, and other regions of the world" (Lang's preface), many of them highly phantasmagorical and strange. Lang's preface contains the intriguing observation, "The stories,... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 127577
LANG, Andrew (ed.) The Olive Fairy Book.
New York : 1907First US edition, first printing, of the eleventh and penultimate of Lang's "Fairy Books". This work contains 29 fairy tales such as "The Green Knight", "The Satin Surgeon", and "The Silent Princess". The UK edition was published the same year.
Though it is Andrew Lang's name which appears as the author of the fairy books, they were largely the... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 132392
LANG, Andrew (ed.) The Blue Fairy Book.
London : 1889First edition, large paper copy, number 13 of 113 copies, the deluxe limited issue of the first in Lang's series of "coloured" fairy books, which continued through to The Lilac Fairy Book in 1910. Only four of the titles (Blue, Red, Green, and Yellow) from the series of 12 were issued in this deluxe format. The Blue Fairy Book was immediately successful,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 132247
LANG, Andrew (ed.) The Olive Fairy Book.
London : 1907First edition, first impression, a very nice copy of The Olive Fairy Book. The 11th of Lang's "Fairy Books", this work contains 29 fairy tales such as "The Green Knight", "The Satin Surgeon", and "The Silent Princess".
Though it is Andrew Lang's name which appears as the author of the fairy books, they were largely the result of the work of others,... Learn More£800.00
Stock Code: 121820
LANG, Andrew. Helen of Troy.
London : 1882First edition, in an exquisite Sangoski & Sutcliffe binding preserving the original cloth, of Lang's retelling in verse of the classical narrative of Helen of Troy.
The Scottish poet, author, and anthropologist Andrew Lang (1844-1912) is best-known as a collector of folk and fairy tales, and for being the author of the Fairy Book series. He... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 144513
MACLAREN, Archibald; Edward Burne-Jones, illus. The Fairy Family:
London : 1857First edition of this collection of European fairy tales, which includes the first appearance in book form of Edward Burne-Jones's illustrations. The book was put together by the Oxford educator Archibald MacLaren, at whose gymnasium in North Oxford Burne-Jones and William Morris used, as students, to practice swordplay and boxing. Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 140965
MINERVA PRESS. Fairy Tales; Selected from the Best Authors.
London : 1794First expanded Minerva Press edition. Many of the tales were first published by William Lane in 1788 under the title "The Palace of Enchantment", and re-published by his Minerva Press in another edition of the same title in 1794. These tales constitute volume II of the present edition, renamed to "Fairy Tales", with the first volume holding new tales.... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 127237
NIELSEN, Kay (illus.); ANDERSEN, Hans. Fairy Tales.
London : First trade edition, first impression, of one of the most beautiful editions of Andersen's fairy tales, work for which Nielsen had begun in 1912. "Though Dulac only indirectly used Art Nouveau, Kay Nielsen, the Danish artist, combined the bizarre side of the movement and its exquisite motifs, as used by Beardsley, with oriental influences in pattern... Learn More£1,400.00
Stock Code: 115524
NIELSEN, Kay (illus.); WILSON, Romer, ed. Red Magic.
London : 1930First edition, first impression - preceding the first US edition by a year - of the final work that Nielsen was to fully illustrate, in the very uncommon dust jacket. Red Magic is the last in a series of three collections of fairy tales arranged by Florence Wilson, using her pseudonym Romer Wilson. Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 143244
POTTER, Beatrix. Wag-by-Wall.
London & New York : 1944First UK edition, limited issue. Number 78 from a limited edition of 100 copies only, the only British publication. Potter originally conceived the story "as a pendant to The Tailor of Gloucester - the lonely old man and the lonely old woman, but I could never finish it." It was first written in 1909 under the title "The Little Black Kettle". Potter... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 109499
POTTER, Beatrix. Sister Anne.
Philadelphia : 1932First edition, first issue. With the frontispiece incorrectly published opposite p. 7, rather than than title page. A Fairy Caravan offshoot, this is Potter's version of the tale of Bluebeard. It was withdrawn from The Fairy Caravan due to its length, and Potter now offered it to McKay as a story on its own. Due to her age and poor eyesight, Potter... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 109193
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); AESOP. Aesop's Fables.
London : 1912First Rackham edition, signed limited issue, number 584 of 1,450 copies signed by the artist.
"The peculiar secret of Rackham's success in seizing upon the essence of the human and portraying it in animal form, which is after all the basic device of the morality, is unwittingly touched upon in Chesterton's delightful introduction to the 1912... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 147692
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); AESOP. Aesop's Fables.
London : 1912First Rackham edition, signed limited issue, and first edition of this translation; number 1,071 of 1,450 copies signed by the artist. "The peculiar secret of Rackham's success in seizing upon the essence of the human and portraying it in animal form, which is after all the basic device of the morality, is unwittingly touched upon in Chesterton's delightful... Learn More£2,950.00
Stock Code: 115168
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); BARRIE, J. M. Peter Pan Portfolio. From "Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens".
London : 1912Signed limited edition, NUMBER 3 OF 20 COPIES SIGNED BY ARTHUR RACKHAM ON EACH PLATE, WITH THE BOOK SIGNED BY THE PUBLISHER AND ENGRAVER/PRINTER on the limitation page. Although the edition was limited to 100 copies, only about 20 were signed throughout by Rackham.
Published to capitalise on the popularity of the stage production Peter and Wendy,... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 113285
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GRIMM, The Brothers. Little Brother & Little Sister and Other Tales.
London : 1917First Rackham edition, signed limited issue, number 15 of 525 copies signed by the artist. A publisher's note describes how this collection, "together with the selection we published some years ago... make a total of one hundred stories which include, it is thought, all the best of the Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm" (p. v). Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 147704
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GRIMM, The Brothers. The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm.
London : 1909Signed limited edition, number 271 of 750 copies signed by the artist. Rackham's first edition of the Fairy Tales, published in 1900, is here revised and enlarged with some new illustrations, as well as others redrawn and coloured.
Mrs Edgar Lucas, the translator, was born Alice Erichsen, the daughter of Hermann Erichsen, a Danish businessman... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 147685
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); STOPES, Marie, as Erica Fay. A Road to Fairyland.
London : 1926First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. Dr Marie Stopes (1880-1958), though best known today for her contributions to palaeontology, her pioneering work on birth control, and her manual Married Love (1918), was also a prolific writer of novels, poems and fairy stories. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 108358
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); STOPES, Marie. FAY, Erica. A Road to Fairyland.
London and New York : 1926First edition, first impression. Dr Marie Stopes (1880-1958), best known today for her contributions to palaeontology, her pioneering work on birth control, and her manual Married Love, was also a prolific writer of novels, poems and fairy stories. Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 113208
RACKHAM, Arthur. Complete deluxe limited editions set.
1905–51IRVING, Washington. Rip Van Winkle. London: William Heinemann, 1905
Quarto. Original vellum, titles to spine and front board gilt, pictorial image blocked in gilt to front cover, brown endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed, cream ribbon ties. Housed in a custom green cloth slipcase. Colour frontispiece and 49 colour plates mounted on brown... Learn More£100,000.00
Stock Code: 144251
RACKHAM, Arthur. The Peter Pan Portfolio,
London : Deluxe extra-limited edition, number 13 of 100 copies signed by the publisher and engraver on the limitation page and each plate signed on the mount by the artist, bound in full vellum. According to Latimore & Haskell, although Rackham was supposed to sign all 100 copies, the artist confessed that he had signed only about 20 of them. Copies numbered... Learn More£30,000.00
Stock Code: 113284
SENDAK, Maurice, & Lore Segal. The Juniper Tree and Other Tales From Grimm.
New York : 1973First edition, first printing, inscribed by Sendak on the half-title of volume 1, "To Ted Peck, Maurice Sendak". Sendak and Segal collaborated on this reimagining of 27 of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales for this edition, selecting 27 tales, translated by Segal and illustrated by Sendak. Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 139386
TIMLIN, William M. The Ship that Sailed to Mars.
London : First edition, first impression, in the rare dust jacket. Timlin's only published book, The Ship That Sailed to Mars is a fantastical illustrated gift book that rivalled those of Rackham, Dulac, Goble and Nielsen. The book was published in Britain by George Harrap, who had earlier published Willy Pogany, and they followed a similar format here, reproducing... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 128777
TIMLIN, William M. The Ship that Sailed to Mars: a Fantasy.
London : First edition, first impression. Born in Northumberland, Timlin (1892-1943) began his art training in the north east of England but completed it when his parents emigrated to South Africa, where he studied art and practised as an architect. The Ship That Sailed to Mars is his only published book, a fantastical illustrated gift book that rivalled those... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 112445
TIMLIN, William M. Untitled illustration for "The Building of a Fairy City".
Kimberley, South Africa, : 1939This magnificent signed illustration appears to be from Timlin's watercolor cycle The Building of a Fairy City, left unpublished upon his death in 1943. Timlin's "most significant expression of the world of fantasy, which formed a considerable part of his output, is to be found among his studies for The Building of a Fairy City, which flowed forth from... Learn More£20,000.00
Stock Code: 44516
WILDE, Oscar. A House of Pomegranates.
London : 1891First edition, first impression, one of 1,000 copies printed, containing "more ornate fairy-stories than the Happy Prince collection and more directly socialist... The general effect is more tragic... The elegiac, doom-laden note accords with the new spirit of fin de siècle which a character in Dorian Gray had equated with fin du globe" (ODNB). Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 142594
WILDE, Oscar. A House of Pomegranates.
London : 1891First edition, first impression, one of 1,000 copies. A House of Pomegranates contains "more ornate fairy-stories than the Happy Prince collection and more directly socialist" (ODNB). This edition is richly illustrated by the noted and prolific art nouveau designers Charles Ricketts and Charles Shannon. This copy features notably well-defined examples... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 143979
WILLIAMS-ELLIS, Amabel. Fairy Tales from the British Isles.
London & Glasgow : 1960First edition, first impression, signed by the illustrator on the half-title and with an impish correction of the title from "Fairy", which she crossed out, to "Mouse Tales". Baynes (1922-2008) had already worked with Williams-Ellis on her previous publication, The Arabian Nights (1957). She had also very successfully illustrated several of J. R. R.... Learn More£900.00
Stock Code: 138071