1910 Scarce Edition - THE LIGHT PRINCESS by George Macdonald illustrated by Leonard Leslie Brooke.
Author: George MacDonald (illustrated by Leonard Leslie Brooke).
Title: THE LIGHT PRINCESS and Other Fairy Stories.
Publisher: London, Glasgow and Bombay, Blackie and Son Limited, no date (circa 1910).
Language: Text in English.
Size: 7.5 " X 5 ".
Pages: 192 pages + catalogue.
Binding: Very good and attractive original decorated full cloth binding (hinges fine, overall slightly worn and scuffed - as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover.
Content: Very good content (bright, tight and clean, some light foxing mainly on preliminary pages - as shown, Sunday School prize bookplate to Ivy Keene dated 1914 on the first endpaper - as shown).
Illustrations: Beautifully illustrated with 3 full-page illustrations by Leonard Leslie Brooke (L.L.B.).
Estimate: (Scarce with practically no other copy in this binding variant available worldwide).
The book: Rare and very nice Illustrated Edition by Leonard Leslie Brooke of THE LIGHT PRINCESS and Other Fairy Stories including The Light Princess, The Giant's Heart and, The Golden Key. A rare find in any condition.
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. Brooke was born in Birkenhead, England, the second son of Leonard D. Brooke. He was educated at Birkenhead School and the Royal Academy Schools. While traveling in Italy, Brooke suffered a serious illness. He survived but was left permanently deaf. Though he did some oil paintings, Brooke was best known as a book illustrator. WorldCat library records show that he illustrated several works by Mrs. Molesworth in the mid-1890s, perhaps from 1892; one was The Carved Lions (1895) in its first edition. His skillful and witty illustrations in Andrew Lang's Nursery Rhyme Book (1897) established his reputation as a leading children's book illustrator of pen-and-ink line drawings and watercolors. His acclaimed works include Johnny Crow's Garden (1903), "Ring O' Roses", "The Golden Goose Book", Johnny Crow's Party (1907), Johnny Crow's New Garden (1935), "The Nursery Rhyme Book", and "Oranges and Lemons" published by Frederick Warne & Co.
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