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 ...
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.
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!
Maria L. Kirk. Fine. No Jacket. Lovely well-kept copy in beautiful bright red covers with excellent gilt lettering. Clean & tight, except for previous owner's name. Gilting to top ends remains bright. Pictorial endpapers with good hinges. All 12 color illustrations are present. The gutter is partially cracked at the last illustration. Front cover with a small chip to surface near lower edge. Spine is sunned. Benefits the Friends of the Albany, Ca library.
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.
Good. First American edition, early printing. New York: George Routledge and Sons, ca. 1882. Brown cloth with gilt and black decorations. Undated title page. Illustrated by Arthur Hughes. Good condition with rubbed and faded spine, well-worn/frayed head and tail. Name on ffep, pages darkened around edges, binding a little slack. Not a bad 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.
Arthur Hughes. VG- in Not Issued jacket. 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall. Publisher's original brown cloth, elaborately decorated in black and gilt on front and spine panels. Mildly rubbed along joints, with minor exposure at corners, chipped/frayed with minor strips of loss at spine extremities. Text block edges somewhat dulled by age, but clean interior. viii, 378 pp., with 76 illus. by Arthur Hughes. Lovely decorated binding. Early, scarce reprint after the 1871 1st American edition, dated 1882 beneath Routledge imprint on lower title [2nd American edition? ]. Slight evidence of repair at title page; we are unclear as to whether this printing originally contained a frontispiece, but this copy does not have a frontis. at present, and there appears to be the remnants of a single leaf (no longer present) in the binding gutter between the front flyleaf and title page. The net proceeds from the sale of this copy revert to the Allentown Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to support scholarships for women enrolled at Lehigh Valley (Pennsylvania) colleges whose studies have been interrupted.
Good+ Hardcover. 12mo. Viii, 378 pgs. Half-title. With 76 illustrations in the text wood-engraved after Arthur Hughes. Edges gilt. Yellow endpapers. Bound in original orange pictorial cloth stamped in black and gilt. Similar to the First American Issue but lacking the "A. S." on the spine near the anchor. Previous owner's bookplate on the reverse of the front board, Previous owner's name inscribed on the FFEP and the date 1873 printed at the top of the right corner of the FFEP. Joints and extremities rubbed, spine ends bumped and scuffed. Text is clean and free of marks, binding tight and solid. Photos sent upon request. 790; 12mo 7"-7½" tall; 378 pages.
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