1926 Rare First illustrated Edition by Manning de V. Lee - The BLUE FAIRY BOOK by Andrew Lang.
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Author: Andrew Lang. (Manning de Villeneuve Lee, illustrator).
Title: The Blue Fairy Book.
Language: Text in English.
Publisher: Philadelphia, Macrae Smith Company, no date (1926). First illustrated Edition by Manning de V. Lee.
Size: 8.5 " X 7 ".
Pages: 428 pages.
Binding: Attractive and very good original illustrated full-cloth binding (hinges fine, overall scuffed - as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover. A rare find in any condition!
Content: Very good content (bright, tight, and clean, bookplate of a previous owner on the first endpaper - as shown, front endpaper inner hinge slightly worn but still tight - as shown).
Illustrated: Complete with eleven beautiful color and black and white illustrations by Manning de Villeneuve Lee.
The book: Scarce First illustrated Edition by Manning de V. Lee of the Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang. The book assembled a wide range of tales, with seven from the Brothers Grimm, five from Madame d'Aulnoy, three from the Arabian Nights, and four Norwegian fairytales, among other sources. The Blue Fairy Book was the first volume in the series, and so it contains some of the best-known tales, taken from a variety of sources.
The author: Andrew Lang FBA (31 March 1844 – 20 July 1912) was a Scottish poet, novelist, literary critic, and contributor to the field of anthropology. He is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales. The Andrew Lang lectures at the University of St Andrews are named after him.
The illustrator: Manning de Villeneuve Lee (1894-1980) was an artist and illustrator born in Summerville, South Carolina. Lee studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. He illustrated more than 200 books, beginning his career with recognition as a child of six, when he won the Charleston Exposition Medal in 1901.
From 1922, he was a professional artist. His paintings can be found in many private and public collections in the United States and abroad. He often collaborated with his first wife, Eunice Celeste Sandoval, who wrote books under the pen name of Tina Lee.
Lee's illustration work often appeared in magazines, and he illustrated more than two hundred books. He specialized in historical subjects and books for young people, including Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped, Rupert S. Holland's Historic Ships and Andrew Lang's Blue and Red Fairy Book.
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