Primarily written by Leonora Blanche Lang, and edited by Andrew Lang
First printing of this collection of Arthurian and other chivalric romances retold by Andrew Lang's wife, Leonora Blanche Lang, who is uncredited both on the title page and book spine.
THE BOOK OF ROMANCE
"[R]omances are a mixture of popular tales, of literary invention, and of history as transmitted in legend."
Andrew Lang was a folklorist who used his scholarly researches as a springboard to create popular editions of tales from across time and place. This volume focuses on romances from "the age of chivalry" – adaptations of the Arthurian cycle (especially Malory), along with tales of Robin Hood, and even an Icelandic saga (Gretter the Strong). Though not credited on the title page (which lists only "edited by Andrew Lang"), the preface notes: "All the romances were written by Mrs. Lang, except [one], done by Mr. H.S.C. Everard." Leonora ("Nora") Blanche Lang also wrote the bulk of the Rainbow Fairy Books that sold with tremendous success under Andrew Lang's name. In surveying A. Lang's republications of traditional stories, Anita Silvey remarked that "he is best recognized for the works he did not write" – a comment that takes on a double meaning in the context of his wife's authorship.
Read more: Silvey, Children's Books and Their Creators, 387.
London: Longmans, Green, and Co, 1902. Octavo. 7.25'' x 4.75''. Original blue pictorial cloth elaborately stamped in gilt, stamped "HJF" (for Henry Ford) in lower right-hand corner. Blue pictorial endpapers, all edges gilt. Illustrated by Ford with 8 color plates, 35 black-and-white plates, and many in-text black-and-white images. xiv, 384 pages. Bookseller ticket on rear pastedown. Touch of fraying to spine ends and corners, else beautiful, with gilt bright.
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