London, et al: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1889 - 1911. First Edition(s). 23 volumes. Diverse paginations. Hundreds of full-page and textual illustrations by Henry J. Ford, and a few by others including A. Wallis Mills, G. P. Jacomb Hood, L. Bogle, Lucien Davis, C. H. M. Kerr and Lancelot Speed (many in color), frontispieces with tissue guards (some in color). 8vo., 7-1/4" x 5" Green full crushed morocco bindings with elaborate gilt acanthus leaf borders to both boards, five raised bands and elaborate gilt and lettering to panels, dentelles, AEG, blue endpapers, white ribbon page markers. ORIGINAL PUBLISHER'S CLOTH bound in to each volume terminally, all are clean with stunning bright gilt. A VG+ to Nr Fine set, internally bright and beautiful, almost no foxing to speak of except a few faint spots in "The Blue Fairy Book". In fine rebinding by The Harcourt Bindery, Boston (some rubbing at corners and joints, a bit of chipping on some volumes to head, tail and bands of the backstrip). Item #44980.1
First editions of each volume in Andrew Lang's Fairy Books: Blue (1889); Red (1890); Green (1892); Yellow (1894); Pink; (1897); Grey (1900); Violet (1901); Crimson (1903); Brown (1904); Orange (1906); Olive (1907); Lilac (1910) (12 volumes), along with eleven of his other works: The Blue Poetry Book (1891); The True Story Book (1893); The Animal Story Book (1896); The Red True Story Book (1895); The Animal Story Book (1896); The Arabian Nights Entertainments (1898); The Red Book of Animal Stories (1899); The Book of Romance (1902); The Red Romance Book (1905); The Book of Princes & Princesses (1908); The Red Book of Heroes (1909); The All Sorts of Stories Book (1911) (11 volumes).
Lang's contribution to the folk and fairy-tale canon is substantial, and was no small feat. In total the books comprise nearly 700 stories and over 150 poems, and include both true and fictional tales for children, collected from all over the world and throughout history. The marvelous illustrations exemplify the beginnings of the Golden Age of Illustration.
All-in-all, an enviable, and attractive, collection of works by this prominent man of letters from the turn-of-the-last century.