The Blue Fairy Book

Andrew Lang

Introduced by Joan Aiken
Illustrated by Charles van Sandwyk

This wonderful collection of fairy stories, put together by Andrew Lang at the end of the 19th century, gathers many of the best loved tales of childhood to have pleased generations.

Published price: US$ 94.95


The Blue Fairy Book

This wonderful collection of fairy stories, put together by Andrew Lang at the end of the 19th century, gathers many of the best loved tales of childhood - 'Old stories', Lang calls them in his preface, 'that have pleased so many generations'. They include the best of the English tradition, favourites from Grimm, Perrault, The Arabian Nights and Gulliver's Travels, as well as lesser-known tales and new re-tellings, such as Lang's own 'The Terrible Head' based on the Greek myth of Perseus and the Gorgon. Reared on border ballads told by his old nurse, Lang was reading by the age of four and devoured 'every fairy tale I could lay my hands on'. He was enthralled by trolls and witches, and stories of changelings and devilish hunts. Later the tales of Shakespeare, Homer and Dickens were to fire his imagination.

Production Details

The Blue Fairy Book book

Introduced by Joan Aiken

Bound in full cloth blocked in four colours with a design by the artist

12 full-colour and 2 black & white illustrations by Charles van Sandwyk

Set in Founder's Caslon, with a hand-drawn title page

Decorative embellishments on each page

400 pages

Book size: 10" x 7½"

The Blue Fairy Book


The Blue Fairy Book - so popular in its day that it went on to launch a series - has all the ingredients one would expect: the bewitched and the beautiful, the fearful and the brave. The good are as truehearted as they are fair, as heroic as they are handsome, but not everyone lives happily ever after, and even the prettiest of princesses cannot be happy if she forgets to keep her word.

Classic stories included in this collection:

The Bronze Ring
Prince Hyacinth and the Dear Little Princess
East of the Sun and West of the Moon
The Yellow Dwarf
Little Red Riding-Hood
The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood
Cinderella; or, the Little Glass Slipper
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp
The Tale of a Youth who Set out to Learn what Fear Was

Beauty and the Beast
The Master-Maid
Why the Sea is Salt
The Master Cat; or, Puss in Boots
Felicia and the Pot of Pinks
The White Cat
The Water-Lily. The Gold-Spinners
The Terrible Head
The Story of Pretty

The History of Whittington
The Wonderful Sheep
Little Thumb
The Forty Thieves

Hansel and Grettel
Snow-White and Rose-Red
The Goose-Girl
Toads and Diamonds
Prince Darling
Blue Beard
Trusty John
The Brave Little Tailor
A Voyage to Lilliput
The Princess on the Glass Hill
The Story of Prince Ahmed and the Fairy Paribanou
The History of Jack the Giant-Killer
The Black Bull of Norroway
The Red Etin

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Review by loryh0907 on 18th Mar 2013

Text: Illustrations: Binding: Rating: 2/5

"I was disappointed in the Blue Fairy Book. The book is too large and thick to hold comfortably; there are too few illustrations (there should be at least one for every story, as with the old HJ Ford e..." [read more]

Review by loalq on 25th Aug 2012

Text: Illustrations: Binding: Rating: 4/5

"Gorgeous edition of Lang's Fairy Books. The one major disappointment is the REALLY small number of illustrations, definitively not enough for a book on this series. Going sometimes 30 plus pages witho..." [read more]

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