The Violet Fairy Book – By Andrew Lang and Illustrated by H. J. Ford
The Violet Fairy Book – Illustrated by H. J. Ford contains many traditional fairy tales such as ‘The Finest Liar in the World’, ‘The Lute Player’, The Two Frogs’, The History of Dwarf Long Nose’, ‘The Monkey and the Jellyfish’, ‘The Boys with the Golden Stars’, ‘Virgilius the Sorcerer’, ‘Morgarzea and his son’ and many more.
Andrew Lang (1844 – 1912) was a Scots poet, novelist and literary critic, with a passion for folkloric story telling. Most of his volumes (including this, ‘The Violet Fairy Book’) were beautifully illustrated by Henry J. Ford (1860 – 1941), an inordinately talented artist who came to public attention with his illustrations for Lang. The books captured the imagination of British children, and later became worldwide bestsellers in the 1880s and 1890s.
This Violet Fairy Book forms part of Andrew Lang’s ‘Coloured’ Fairy Books series – a series of twelve collections of fairy tales, published between 1889 and 1910. Each volume is distinguished by its own colour, and all in all, 437 tales from a wide array of cultures and countries are presented.
With works such as The Violet Fairy Book, Pook Press celebrates the great ‘Golden Age of Illustration‘ in children’s literature – a period of unparalleled excellence in book illustration from the 1880s to the 1930s.
Our collection showcases classic fairy tales, children’s stories, and the work of some of the most celebrated artists, illustrators and authors.
We publish these rare and vintage Golden Age illustrated books, in high-quality colour editions, so that the masterful artwork and story-telling can continue to delight both young and old.
On this website, you can find out about some of our best-selling authors, illustrators, and stories. We also have a full bookshop, an introduction to the Golden Age of Illustration, and a history of the fairy tale itself.
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