The Brown Fairy Book

Andrew Lang

Introduced by Adam Phillips
Illustrated by Omar Rayyan

With exquisite illustrations by Omar Rayyan, The Brown Fairy Book features stories from every continent, including ‘The Bunyip’, a story from the Australian bush, and the Native American tale of the ‘Ball-Carrier and the Bad One’.

Published price: US$ 94.95

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The Brown Fairy Book

The Brown Fairy Book features stories from every continent, including ‘The Bunyip’, a story from the Australian bush, and the Native American tale of the ‘Ball-Carrier and the Bad One’. There is magic and enchantment from Africa in ‘The Sacred Milk of Koumongoé’ and from India in the ‘Story of the King who would be Stronger than Fate’. These far-flung tales all obey the time-honoured rules of fairyland: in the Persian story ‘What the Rose did to the Cypress’, a prince must guess a riddle to win his princess’s hand in marriage, and in the Scandinavian tale ‘The Fox and the Lapp’, a wily fox hitches a ride on a merchant’s sledge and plays tricks on everyone he meets.

Production Details

The Brown Fairy Book book

Introduced by Adam Phillips

Bound in cloth

Illustrated by Omar Rayyan

13 full-page colour illustrations and additional black & white embellishments in each volume

304 pages

Book size: 10" x 71/2"

The Brown Fairy Book

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A feature of The Folio Society editions of Lang's fairy books are their superb illustrations, harking back to Arthur Rackham and the golden age of children's illustration. The watercolours and pen and ink drawings created by Omar Rayyan are especially charming. He is an American artist, but the gorgeous colouring in his art is clearly influenced by exquisite Persian miniature painting. There is also a sly sense of humour in many of his illustrations, which makes the perfect accompaniment to such stories as 'The Enchanted Head' or 'Father Grumbler'.

Classic stories included in this collection:

What the Rose did to the Cypress
Ball-Carrier and the Bad One
How Ball-Carrier finished his Task
The Bunyip
Father Grumbler
The Story of the Yara
The Cunning Hare
The Turtle and his Bride
How Geirald the Coward was Punished
Hábogi
How the Little Brother set Free his Big Brothers

The Sacred Milk of Koumongoé
The Wicked Wolverine
The Husband of the Rat’s Daughter
The Mermaid and the Boy
Pivi and Kabo
The Elf Maiden
How Some Wild Animals became Tame Ones
Fortune and the Wood-Cutter
The Enchanted Head
The Sister of the Sun

The Prince and the Three Fates
The Fox and the Lapp
Kisa the Cat
The Lion and the Cat
Which was the Foolishest?
Asmund and Signy
Rübezahl

Story of the King who would be Stronger than Fate
Story of Wali Dâd the Simple-hearted
Tale of a Tortoise and of a Mischievous Monkey
The Knights of the Fish

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