IN FAIRY-LAND: A SERIES OF PICTURES FROM THE ELF-WORLD, by Richard Doyle - 1875 [2nd ed., complete]


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In Fairy-Land:

A Series of Pictures from the Elf-World

by Richard Doyle

with a poem by William Allingham 

Second edition.  London:  Longmans, Green, and Co., 1875  

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Original green cloth cover face with gilt ornament and title is laid over new boards covered in matching cloth.  
  • Boards show some scuffing, smudges, a ding at the head, edgewear.  Corners are bumped, frayed with exposed board. 
  • Spine has no text, with crushed and chipped ends.  
  • Binding is rebound.  
  • End papers/ pastedowns are gently age toned. 
  • Pagination was disordered in rebinding.  Leaves are ordered thus:  Fep, Half-Title, Illustrations List, Frontispiece (Plate I), Title Page, [1], II, 3, III, 5,IV, 7,V, 9, 19, XI, 21, XII, 23, XIII, 25, VI, 11, VII, 13, VIII, 15, IX, 17, X, XIV, 27, XV, 29, XVI, 31, Fep.
  • Illustrations are bright and clear.  Moderate foxing on Plates II and III.  See photos.   
  • Interior is gently age-toned.  A closed tear page 7 at head, page 31 at right hand edge.  Smudges on page 21.  See photos.  
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • PS2023.0518

31 pages, 16 plates. 10.5 x 14.5 inches

Richard "Dickie" Doyle (1824-1883) was a Victorian artist and illustrator of wide scope.  He drew the cover for the first issue of Punch magazine and designed the cover which would stand for a century.  He became known for his illustrations for fairy tales, and his masterpiece is indubitably In Fairy-Land, a series of Pictures from the Elf-World, with a poem by William Allingham, printed by Edmund Evans and published by Longman.  In the color plates Doyle was given a completely free hand. The folio was richly bound in green cloth, and has been described as one of the finest examples of Victorian book production (Richard Dalby, The Golden Age of Children's Book Illustration, 1991, per Wikipedia).

The curious page ordering aside (the work of a seemingly distracted binder), this copy is complete, all the plates are present, and with the exception of some foxing on numbers II and III, the illustrations are strikingly clear and bright.

Second edition.  Engraved and printed by Edmund Evans.  

AS IS! Please see photos. More photos available upon request.

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