1945 Rare First Edition Book - FAIRIES - The Cottingley Photographs And Their Sequel.


$150 USD


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Author : Gardner, Edward L.
Title : Fairies. The Cottingley Photographs And Their Sequel.
Publisher : London, The Theosophical Publishing House, 1945. First Edition.
Language : Text in English
Size : 9.5 " X 7.5 "
Pages : 47 pages
Binding : Very good original hardcover binding (hinges fine, slightly worn and scuffed).
Dustjacket : Fragile dustwrapper in remarkably good condition some slight repairs to the back of dustwrapper, with a few slight creases and marks. Not price clipped. Generally a very good copy. Scarce in that condition. Under a removable mylar protective cover.

Content : Good content (tight, some foxing and staining throughout - as shown). 
Illustrations : Including the 5 Cottingley Fairies photographs.

Estimation : (USD 120 - USD 200)

The book : Rare and very nice first edition of this book on The Cottingley Fairies which appear in a series of five photographs taken by Elsie Wright (1901–88) and Frances Griffiths (1907–86), two young cousins who lived in Cottingley, near Bradford in England. In 1917, when the first two photographs were taken, Elsie was 16 years old and Frances was 9. The pictures came to the attention of writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who used them to illustrate an article on fairies he had been commissioned to write for the Christmas 1920 edition of The Strand Magazine. Doyle, as a spiritualist, was enthusiastic about the photographs, and interpreted them as clear and visible evidence of psychic phenomena. Public reaction was mixed; some accepted the images as genuine, but others believed they had been faked. A rare find in any condition!


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