The Orange Fairy Book

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Author: Andrew Lang (1844-1912)

Year: 1907

Publisher: Longmans, Green, and Company

Place: London


xiii+358 pages with tissue guarded color frontispiece plus seven color and 17 black and white plates by H.J. Ford. Small octavo (7 1/4" x 5") bound in original publisher's orange cloth, gilt design to front and spine. First edition in custom enclosure.

The Orange Fairy Book delves into the oral traditions of Rhodesia, Uganda, and the American Indian; the traditions of the Punjab and of Jutland; and such familiar European sources as Hans Christian Andersen ("The Ugly Duckling") and Madame d'Aulnoy ("The White Doe") for its 33 stories. But it is not important that the lad climbing the tree to a cloud kingdom is an Indian brave rather than Jack, or that the giant-killer Makóma is African. The events are familiar favorites with children the world over. All the tales are narrated in clear, lively prose. Not only are Lang's collections generally considered to contain the best English versions of the standard fairy tales; they are also the richest and widest in range. His position as one of England's foremost folklorists, as well as a first-rate editor, make his collections unmatchable in the English language.


Slightly rubbed at spine ends else very good to fine.

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