English Fairy Tales - Flora Annie SteelLondon: Macmillan, 1979, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A hint of edgewear to the dust wrapper with superficial scuffs to the upper panel. The contents complete, clean and tight.
Includes: Ribbon markers (1); Top edge dyed Purple; Colour plates; Black & white drawings; Colour frontispiece; Title page vignette;
From the cover: “The Macmillan Facsimile Classics Series is a new collection of favourite illustrated classics that have long been unavailable in their original format. The stories have stood the test of time and are, in each case, superbly illustrated by the best contemporary artists. With their distinctive gold or silver-blocked jackets, coloured tops and headbands, these superb facsimiles will revive the pleasure of collecting beautiful books, and will bring delight and satisfaction to a whole new generation of book-lovers.
Flora Annie Steel was a remarkable Victorian who spent most of her life in India. Her collection of some forty traditional English Fairy Tales, here reprinted in facsimile, was first published by Macmillan in 1918, illustrated in both colour and black and white by the incomparable Arthur Rackham.
When first published, the Illustrated London News said — ‘Mr Rackham’s work is as delightful as ever and in the present volume he seems to surpass himself. Fortunate indeed will be the child who first makes acquaintance with the old English stories through this medium’. Those words are just as true today as sixty years ago.”