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Maclaren, Archibald. The fairy family: a series of ballads and metrical tales illustrating the fairy mythology of Europe. London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, & Roberts, 1857. London: Printed by Spottiswoode & Co. New Street Square. xv, 283p. two plates. With four pages of publisher’s titles bound at the end. The frontispiece and half title page are separate plates. The illustrator is Edward Burne-Jones. The roundel illustration page 279 is accompanied by these verse lines on p. 278:
“ ‘Tis the tones of a harp, as wild and sweet
As ever a dreaming ear did greet:
Ah, woe to the breaker of the plighted vow
If weetless he stray by the river now!
For the Neck is playing his harp by the ford;
He calleth and claimeth a guest for his board,
In his cavern under the mere.”
Robin de Beaumont's notes regarding price and dating of this copy are written on the front endpaper verso. The bookplate of Robin de Beaumont is on the front paste down.
Binding: The spine design is by John Leighton. Beige endpapers and pastedowns. Green fine rib vertical-grain cloth. Binder’s ticket on lower pastedown: “/ Bound by/ Burn/ 37 & 38 Kirby St./” [Ball no. 20A.] Both covers are blocked identically in blind and relief. On the borders, four fillets are blocked in blind. On the inner borders, patterns of curling stems and groups of leaves are blocked in blind and in relief. The spine is blocked in gold. At the head and at the tail, two gold fillets are blocked across the spine. Near the dead, within an arabesque formed by two gold fillets (with stars on either side of it), a fairy is blocked in gold, arising out of a plant. The title words: “/ The/ fairy/ family/” are blocked in gold within an onion-shaped panel formed by a single gold fillet. The lower half of the spine is decorated with a plant whose roots are at the bottom of the spine, with a central stem from which leaves are blocked; there are butterflies, a snail, a bird and a chameleon blocked on or around the plant. Signed “JL “ in gold as separate letters underneath the roots of the plant. [The initials are very small – not more than 3mm across.] Three more gold fillets are blocked across the spine, underneath the plant.
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Height: 185 millimetres
Thickness: 30 millimetres
Width: 140 millimetres
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Associated Title: The fairy family: a series of ballads and metrical tales illustrating the fairy mythology of Europe.
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