Fairy & Folk Tales

Quacks, the Story of the Ugly Duckling, Marion Wingrave, illustrator.

Quacks, the Story of the Ugly Duckling.

Finelined borders surround verse tale and a lovely chromolithograph on each page showing the (never ugly) duckling set in a bucolic landscape. Some pages have borders of wild flowers. Quite beautiful, with no printer ascribed. Please note: THIS BOOK HAS BEEN SOLD



The Fairy Book, J. A. Adams, illustrator, Harper and Brothers (1836)

The Fairy Book.

Twenty-seven fairy tales: traditional English, Perrault and others, with twelve translated for this volume; includes Florise, Prince Nosey, Aurora&Amy, and a very interesting introduction by "John Smith". PLEASE NOTE: This book has been sold.



Racketty-Packetty House by Burnett; Century 1906, 1st.

Racketty-Packetty House.

Their shabby dolls' house is pushed aside to make room for the Tidy Castle, but the inhabitants of Racketty-Packetty house have a great romps all the same. (With this Burnett title, the American book is the true first.) Please note: THIS BOOK HAS BEEN SOLD



The White Elephant by Faulkner, Frederick Richardson, ill. Volland 1929 1st. Box

The White Elephant and Other Tales from India.

Stories taken from various sources and originally broadcast by the "Radio Lady", which read smoothly. Her introduction gives children further books to explore and introduces them to comparative folklore. The illustrations are beautiful: full color plates inspired by Mughal painting, each facing a decorated caption, and others in black and white. (Since all Volland paper was "plate" quality, the colour and b/w could be printed on either side of the sheet.)

The stories are: The White Elephant, The Grain of Corn, The Timid Little Rabbit, Singh Raja and the Cunning Little Jackals, The Kingdom of Mouseland, The Alligator and the Jackal, The Bold Blackbird, The Kid and the Tiger, The Brahmin and the Tiger, The Bear's Bad Bargain, The Man Who Rode a Tiger.



Twinkie Town Tales by Carlyle Emery, Arthur Henderson, ill, Whitman, 1932

Twinkie Town Tales.

The first two of the Hamilton-Brown Shoe Company softcover series, itself compiled from their ads, gathered into one large book. The constantly grinning Twinkies establish their town and work away in a bright colourful world, fully realized with much detail. The rhymes flow smoothly, fun to read aloud.



Little Zee, a Fairy Story  by Julia Moseley Daniels, Sumner 1881

Little Zee, a Fairy Story

A fairy story in six chapters for very little children, about five little fairy brothers who went off on adventures. We get the impression that it wasn't really very far to the king's palace, but it took them "many weary days". The oldest brothers broke their wings among the cruel rocks and went to sleep in the harebells. Only Little Zee, who almost wasn't allowed to come, was able to fly to the palace, rescue the prince, and get his brothers back home (where their mother mended their wings.) An attractive little volume, with the story well told. The illustrations are not credited and I would guess were drawn by the author. Probably written before the author moved south to Florida, see her letters. Issued with variant bindings, see Univ of Florida holding.



The Snow Garden by Elizabeth Wordsworth, Longmans, 1895, 1st.

The Snow Garden & other Tales.

Note: This book has been sold. Dame Elizabeth Wordsworth (1840 - 1942) great-niece of the poet William Wordsworth, was a prolific writer of adult books, the founding and 30 year principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and the founder of St. Hugh's college. Perhaps this explains the beautiful binding of this, her only children's book. These are subtle and beautiful original tales for older children, some previously published, some told to her nephews, little boys with whooping cough who were tired of making boats and "gas pipes" out of newspaper.

Perhaps children "when they do not feel equal to reading anything very important or improving... may like to come and sit on the hearth rug by the fire and fancy themselves in fairyland for a few moments. It is not a bad place, and after all, there is something to be learnt there as well as in the lesson books."

The Snow Garden, Who is Master?; The Field of the Lost Tempers; The Astrologer; The Creaking Door; 'Seeing the Kingfisher'; Burning One's Luck; The Rocking-horse; Sir Dugald; The Changeling. Note: This book has been sold.



The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang, Ford & Speed, ill, Longmans 1912/1890.

The Red Fairy Book.

A serviceable copy of the second Fairy Book in the same format as the original trade edition, and thus nice to have. Please note: THIS BOOK HAS BEEN SOLD



A Midsummer Night's Dream intro story, adapted, illus  by Lucy Fitch Perkins

A Midsummer Night's Dream for young people.

Perkins is best know for her twins series, but she also illustrated a about eight lovely larger books, of which this is one of the most elaborate. Her introductory story concerns Shakespeare and the play told from the point of view of his younger brother fresh to London. Perkin's illustrations and the play itself depend on Titania and Puck and the Players with their marvellous rendition of Pyramis and Thisbe. Just right for sixth grade actors! Note: This Book Has Been Sold.



The Last of the Huggermuggers by Cranch; Phillips, Sampson, 1856, 1st.

The Last of the Huggermuggers.

Little Jacket is stranded with his companions on the island home of dying giant race. Jackie escapes on a ship and returns again with plans to capture the giant, but the Huggermuggers are so large and so kind that he and his friends relent. All would have ended happily were it not for the traitorous dwarf Kobboltozo. Inscribed "For Marion R. Lord, with the hope that she will remember with affection her uncle R. C. W., April 9, 1856."  A wonderful fantasy, then and now, and pivotal in American children's literature: a well produced hardback book, but from the genre of entertaining chapbooks rather than moral realistic stories. We also have a much loved, inexpensive first of the sequel, Kobboltozo.



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