The Blue Fairy Book

The Blue Fairy Book edited by Andrew Lang cover, etched gold fairy on dark blue book cloth

Cover of The Blue Fairy Book

Edited by Andrew Lang, Longmans Green and Co.,1889

The Blue Fairy Book

Edited by Andrew Lang

Illustrated by H. J. Ford and G. P. Jacomb Hood

London and New York, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1889

5.8" x 9.6"

Kerlan Collection, Children's Literature Research Collections

University of Minnesota Libraries

Children's books from the 1860s often came with embossed decoration on the front cover that enhanced their gift appeal and, in the days before illustrated dust jackets, also served as a form of point-of-purchase advertising. The editor of this handsomely decorated volume, Andrew Lang, was a prolific Scots poet, critic, historian, and folklorist who, following in the Grimms' footsteps, collected traditional tales he feared might otherwise be lost. Starting with The Blue Fairy Book, shown here, Lang published a series of 13 juvenile gift editions of such stories, each volume cleverly bound in and named for a different color of the rainbow.


Click on any image to enlarge