The Yellow Fairy Book – By Andrew Lang and Illustrated by H. J. Ford
The Yellow Fairy Book – Illustrated by H. J. Ford is a collection of classic fairy tales such as ‘Story of the Emperor’s New Clothes’, ‘The Seven Headed Serpent’, ‘The Three Brothers’, ‘In the Land of Souls’, ‘The Snow Daughter and the Fire Son’, ‘The Swineherd’, ‘The Tinderbox’, ‘Thumbelina’ and many more.
Andrew Lang (1844 – 1912) was a Scots poet, novelist and literary critic, with a passion for folkloric storytelling. Most of his volumes (including this, ‘The Yellow 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 ‘Yellow 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.