1890 Scarce Book - The Princess And Curdie by George Macdonald illustrated by James Allen.
Author: George MacDonald (illustrated by James Allen).
Title: THE PRINCESS and CURDIE.
Publisher: London, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dublin, Blackie & Son, Limited, no date (circa 1890). First thus.
Language: Text in English.
Size: 7.5 " X 5.5 ".
Pages: vi-255-32(catalogue) pages.
Binding: Very good and attractive original decorated full cloth binding (hinges fine, overall slightly worn and scuffed) under a protective removable mylar cover.
Content: Very good content (bright, tight and clean, rare light foxing or staining, gift note of a previous owner on top of half-title page).
Illustrations: Beautifully illustrated with a nice tinted frontis and 7 tinted illustrated full-page plates by James Allen. (Complete).
The book: Rare and very nice edition of The Princess And Curdie - the sequel to The Princess and the Goblin. The adventure continues with Princess Irene and Curdie a year or two older. They must overthrow a set of corrupt ministers who are poisoning Irene's father, the king. Irene's grandmother also reappears and gives Curdie a strange gift. A monster called Lina aids his quest.
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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