1911 Rare Edition in a scarce binding - AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND by George MacDonald.
Author: George MacDonald.
Title: At the Back of the North Wind.
Publisher: London, Glasgow and Bombay, Blackie and Son Limited, no date ( circa 1911).
Language: Text in English.
Size: 7 " X 5 ".
Pages: 264 pages.
Binding: Very good, attractive and scarce original decorated full cloth binding (hinges fine, overall slightly worn, scuffed and sunned - as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover. The beautiful and rare Art Nouveau binding is typical of Blackie in this period, complete with stylized Glasgow roses.
Content: Good content (bright and tight, some foxing throughout mainly on preliminary and last pages - as shown, light bubbling on the last endpaper - as shown).
Illustrations: Beautifully illustrated with a color frontispiece, three full-page color illustrations by Frank C. Pape and several black and white drawings.
The book: Scarce binding variant and attractive edition of At the Back of the North Wind -- a children's book written by Scottish author George MacDonald. It was serialized in the children's magazine Good Words for the Young beginning in 1868 and was published in book form in 1871. It is a fantasy centered on a boy named Diamond and his adventures with the North Wind. Diamond travels together with the mysterious Lady North Wind through the nights. The book includes the fairy tale Little Daylight, which has been pulled out as an independent work, or separately, added to other collections of his fairy tales.
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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