With 13 children of his own clamouring for bedtime stories it isn't surprising that author George MacDonald discovered he had a gift for composing fairy tales. But these were fairy tales with a difference. At the Back of the North Wind, the first to be published, became a Victorian favourite and marked something of a milestone in children's ...
With 13 children of his own clamouring for bedtime stories it isn't surprising that author George MacDonald discovered he had a gift for composing fairy tales. But these were fairy tales with a difference. At the Back of the North Wind, the first to be published, became a Victorian favourite and marked something of a milestone in children's fiction. While owing a debt to Hans Andersen, Dickens and Kingsley, MacDonald created a distinctive imaginary world existing in parallel with the grim social realities of mid-19th-century England. "A fairy tale is not al allegory," he once remarked. It is, of course, but the trick was to disguise it, to entertain the reader as well as instruct, leaving them to draw a moral if they pleased, or else simply to enjoy the fantasy. Children for over a hundred years have been enchanted and moved by the story of Nanny the crossing sweeper, her lame friend Jim, and above all Diamond, the poor coachman's son, whose life is transformed by a brief glimpse of a beautiful country "at the back of the north wind". The first edition (1871) was illustrated by the pre-Raphaelite artist Thomas Hughes, whose romantic and highly individualistic drawings are reproduced in the Everyman edition.
Grosset & Dunlap, 1909. Very good., Hardcover, Octavo, 352. M.L. Kirk. Blue cloth with orange title and stamped decoration on front. Pictorial endpapers. Color frontis by M. L. Kirk. Black illustrations repeated at chapter beginnings and endings. Cover edges a little rubbed. Several folded page corners. No dust jacket. Packed and shipped with care.
Illustrated by Shepard, E.H. Very good in very good dust jacket. Children's Illustrated Classics series. Beige and blue decorated cloth and endpapers. 8 colour plates plus b/w line drawings. Spine slightly bumped. Foxing to textblock. Price-cut wrapper is slightly edge worn and a little faded to spine. There is a small (publisher? ) sticker of 3 black stars to base of wrapper spine. [R]
Illustrated by Mozley, Charles. Very good. A Nonesuch Cygnet. Brown cloth covers, with brown square to front board, and gilt title to spine. B/w illustrations througout. Spine and corners bumped and slightly rubbed. Name and date in biro have been blacked out with marker pen on front fly-leaf. Some light foxing. Contents otherwise clean. [R]
Very good in very good dust jacket. A. L. Burt Co., New York, NY, 1919. REPRINT Edition, VG+/VG, Hard Cover, Size=6."x8.5", 371pgs. Black DJ with COLOR front cover picture. DJ nicked top & bottom edges, fore-edge & bottom edge page ends dull, o.w. clean and tight. No ink names, underlines, tears, chips, etc. Text bright & in Fine condition, book covers VG+. hard to find book especially with DJ. Reprint of 1919 David McKay Publisher edition. 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES ALL ARE WELL PACKED WITH CARE!
Illustrated by Shepard, E.H. Very good in good dust jacket. Children's Illustrated Classics series. Beige and blue decorated cloth and endpapers. 8 colour plates plus b/w line drawings. Spine bumped, there is a nibble patch along top edge of front cover (1.5" beside spine), it has been coloured blue to make it less obvious. Light foxing to textblock and page margins. Price-cut wrapper is edge chipped with some loss, browned to spine and with a few small marks to front panel and spine. [R]
Very Good. First thus. 352 p. Original red cloth with black and gilt stamping. Very Good+ condition with all illustrations present. Gift inscription on verso of frontis. Bottom tips frayed, lettering on spine a bit darkened but overall an attractive, clean copy. A fairy tale.
Near Fine. No DJ. Very minor shelf/edge wear, discrete owner signature on ffep, hint of toning at textblock edges, else tight, bright and unmarred. Beige cloth boards, gilt lettering and decorative elements, blue ink lettering and decorative elements, color pictorial onlay, pictorial endpages, frontispiece, teg. Small 4to. 342pp. Illus. (color plates). The classic story richly illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith. First state (see, Nudleman, A53.1). A handsome copy.
Jess Willcox Smith. illustrations by Jessie Willcox Smith. Large 8vo, pp. 342. (half dollar water mark at the lower tip of the first 50 pages). Wear to the foredge of the title-page; with the juvenile ownership signature of poet and editor Barbara Howes. With 8 full color illustrations. Some external wear, a good copy. A story for children.
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