Fairy Tales; Selected from the Best Authors.London: Printed for William Lane, at the Minerva-Press, 1794 Stock Code: 127237
Contemporary tree calfFirst 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. William Lane published many books of fairy tales over his career, but their fragility and child readership ensured that few survive. The present edition is scarce both institutionally and in commerce, with 12 copies known in institutions worldwide, and only one auction record since 1922.
2 volumes, duodecimo (172 x 103 mm). Contemporary tree calf, twin red and green morocco labels, spine gilt to compartments.
With half-title to vol.1, final advertisement leaf to vol. 2, and 4 engraved illustrations; lacking the frontispieces to each volume.
Contemporary ownership signature to front free endpaper of vol. I. Expert repair to former wear to calf and spines, rear covers with earlier calf onlays with marginally different marbling styles, colour and gilt enhanced; as a result, now an attractive, well preserved copy.
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