London: Longmans, 1889. First Edition. Hardcover. 1st edition. Large paper, limited issue, no. 96 of just 113 copies (versus 5,000 copies of the trade edition) with a preface by Lang on the origins of these tales that is only printed in this deluxe issue, and had an acknowledged, consciousness shaping impact on a generation of the interested. Original 1/4 vellum, paper label, spine toned and slightly frayed at the base, joints unnoticeably strengthened, else very good, and most copies look like they should be dispatched to the land of broken toys. Very good. Item #470
Lang wrote 11 more fairy books, but the others are all empty spoons, retelling stories that nobody has ever heard of, but our book is the best editing of the best stories. It features, Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel, East of the Sun, Goldilocks, The Forty Thieves, Jack the Giant Killer, Puss in Boots, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, Red Riding Hood, Aladdin, Snow White, and 2 dozen others.