olive fairy book


Are you a fan of fairy tales, publisher’s bindings, or just appreciate a beautiful, old book? If so, get ready to see one of the loveliest series of fairy tales to come out of the late 19th and early 20th centuries! 

Pictured are twelve books of fairy tales which were compiled and edited by the Scots poet, novelist, and literary critic, Andrew Lang. Each volume is distinguished by its own color, and and the complete series contains 437 unique tales. 

The top picture from left to right displays The Brown Fairy Book, The Crimson Fairy Book, The Pink Fairy Book, The Red Fairy Book, The Orange Fairy Book, The Yellow Fairy Book, The Olive Fairy Book, The Green Fairy Book, The Blue Fairy Book, The Violet Fairy Book, and The Grey Fairy Book. All of these books are first editions and come with the original slipcase, and some still even have their dust covers.

Now you are probably anxious to see the covers of these books, and perhaps take a peek into some of the interior illustrations? Have no fear, as later this week and next week there will be three more posts featuring these beautiful books. 

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-Lindsay M.


Our Cornish Folktale zine is now available on etsy! ’A full colour A4 saddle stitched booklet (zine) with front and back cover, end papers, and a Cornish map to locate the stories. Contains 3 graphic short stories based on popular Cornish Folktales with the theme of ‘Sea.’ The stories combined total nine double paged spreads. The zine is a collaborative project featuring the work of Josh Oliver, Tashi Reeve and Briony May Smith.’ Take a look at the zine here!!

‘I wish you may be punished by falling in love with the silent princess.’ And having said this she vanished.

For some time the boy paid no heed to her words—indeed he forgot them altogether; but as years went by, and he began to think more about things, the remembrance of the old woman’s wish came back to his mind.

‘Who is the silent princess? And why should it be a punishment to fall in love with her?’ he asked himself, and received no answer.


The Silent Princess

Andrew Lang, The Olive Fairy Book

The Olive Fairy Book. Andrew Lang (ed.). Illustrations by H. J. Ford. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1907. First edition.

Contains eight Punjabi tales, five from Armenia, 16 other stories from Turkey, Denmark, the Sudan, and more. An enchanting world of flying dragons, ogres, fairies, and princes transformed into white foxes with illustrations by Ford.