1868 Scarce Book - DEALINGS WITH THE FAIRIES by George Macdonald Illustrated by Arthur Hughes.
Author : George MacDonald (illustrated by Arthur Hughes).
Title : DEALINGS WITH THE FAIRIES "Where more is meant than meets the ear"
Publisher : London: Alexander Strahan & Co., 1868. Second Edition.
Language : Text in English.
Size : 6 " X 4.5 "
Pages : 308 + 2(catalogue) pages.
Binding : Very good and attractive original ornate gilt stamped design cloth binding (hinges fine but slightly scuffed, overall slightly worn and scuffed) under a protective removable mylar cover.
Content : Very good content (bright, tight and clean, rare foxing or staining, small bookseller stamp of C. Le Feuvre - Jersey and name of Agnes L. M. Arscott Dinan (France) dated 1890 on back of first endpaper - as shown.).
Illustrations : Beautifully illustrated with 11 full page illustrations by Arthur Hughes.
Estimate : (USD 2500 - USD 3500)
The book : Scarce and attractive second edition of those five incredible tales of fairies and fantasy by George MacDonald whose works influenced and were admired by such literary greats as C.S. Lewis, W.H. Auden, C.K. Chesterton and J.R.R. Tolkien. In this scarce 1868 second edition, the work contains stories that are not only wonderful tales on their own, but ones that also convey important messages and lessons to the reader -- be it through the gravity defying princess in The Light Princess; or by way of Tricksey-Wee and Buffy-Bob in The Giant s Heart; or through the mysterious creatures and their king in The Shadows; or from the tale of Alice and Richard and their journey in fairyland in Cross Purposes; or, finally, by way of the magic and mystery of Tangle and Mossy s journey in The Golden Key. Beautifully illustrated by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Arthur Hughes (27 January 1832 – 22 December 1915).
The author: George ( MacDonald (10 December 1824 – 18 September 1905) was a Scottish author, poet and Christian minister. He was a pioneering figure in the field of fantasy literature and the mentor of fellow writer Lewis Carroll. His writings have been cited as a major literary influence by many notable authors, including W. H. Auden, J. M. Barrie, Lord Dunsany, Hope Mirrlees, Robert E. Howard, L. Frank Baum, T.H. White, Lloyd Alexander, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Walter de la Mare, E. Nesbit, Peter S. Beagle, Neil Gaiman and Madeleine L'Engle. C. S. Lewis wrote that he regarded MacDonald as his "master": "Picking up a copy of Phantastes one day at a train-station bookstall, I began to read. A few hours later", said Lewis, "I knew that I had crossed a great frontier." G. K. Chesterton cited The Princess and the Goblin as a book that had "made a difference to my whole existence".
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