First edition of this collection of fairy stories from "King Oberon's Library" by the author of THE MYSTERY OF A HANSOM CAB.
CHRONICLES OF FAIRY LAND
In the introduction, our narrator describes his journey into Fairie, where he spends hours in the library of King Oberon: "In one recess I found the lost six books of Spenser's FAERIE QUEENE, the last tales told by Chaucer's Canterbury Pilgrims, the end of Coleridge's CHRISTABEL, some forgotten plays of Shakespeare, and many other books which had been lost on earth, or which the authors had failed to complete. I learned afterwards that they finished their earthly works in Faeryland, and that none of the books they had written during their lives were in the library, but only those they had not written." This collection contains the seven stories the narrator could "remember" from within the library with "rows of volumes in brown covers, which reminded me somewhat of the tint of withered leaves."
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1911. Small quarto. 8'' x 5.75''. Original red pictorial cloth stamped in black, white, and gilt with design of a fairy in the act of writing at a desk. Top edge gilt, blue pictorial endpapers. Illustrated by Kirk with color frontispiece and 7 full-page color plates, along with in-text line illustrations by M. Dunlop. 191,  pages. Gilt on spine dulled and white on front board a bit rubbed, else fresh and clean.
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