1890 Scarce Book - THE LIGHT PRINCESS and Other Fairy Stories by George Macdonald.
Author: George MacDonald (illustrated by Leonard Leslie Brooke).
Title: THE LIGHT PRINCESS and Other Fairy Stories.
Publisher : London: Blackie & Son, Limited, no date (circa 1890). First thus.
Language: Text in English.
Size: 7 " X 5 ".
Pages: 192 + 32(catalogue) pages.
Binding: Attractive and near fine original decorated full-cloth binding (hinges fine, overall slightly scuffed - as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover.
Content: Very good content (bright, tight and clean, rare light foxing - as shown, School prize bookplate dated 1905 on the first endpaper - as shown).
Illustrations: Beautifully illustrated with three full-page illustrations by Leonard Leslie Brooke.
The book: Rare and nice first distinct edition of THE LIGHT PRINCESS and Other Fairy Stories. The collection also contains 'The Giant's Heart' and 'The Golden Key'.
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".
The illustrator: Leonard Leslie Brooke (24 September 1862 – 2 May 1940) was a British artist and writer.
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