New York: Dial Books, 1994. Henry Justice Ford (illustrations), Neil Philip (selection and introduction). First Edition (stated). Hardcover. USED - Very Good. Blue leatherette boards with gilt lettering to spine. Tail of spine is worn. Light rubbing to top edges and bottom corner of front board. A few spots of foxing to top edge. Lightly toned. Clean, unmarked, tight. B/W and colour illustrations. 19.5 x 26 cm. 256 pp. / Good/ Very Good. Light edgewear, more evident to spine tips. Light scuffing and nicks. Item #14274
This collection of 24 great fairy tales from 16 different countries--Iceland to Zimbabwe, Turkey to Japan--has been selected by folklorist Philip from Lang's Colored Fairy Books. Unlike other Lang collections, such as the Rainbow Fairy Book (1993), newly illustrated by Michael Hague, this volume contains the original lush romantic paintings and line drawings by Henry Justice Ford. And, unlike Hague, Philip deliberately excludes the well-known stories, such as "Cinderella" and "Rumpelstiltskin," choosing instead a rich collection of world stories that will be new to many readers. They're amazing stories, beautifully told, drawing the reader in as they've always done from the first sentence. The book is handsomely designed for reading alone or for sharing in classroom, library, and home, with thick paper and clear type. In brief notes at the back, Philip gives a few facts about sources and points out some common tale types and motifs. These tales endure not because of role models or messages but because they're great stories. The universals of heroes and monsters and perilous journeys are presented in all their wonderful particularity and variety. As Philip points out in his brief introduction, "Once upon a time" is now.