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Maclaren, Archibald. The fairy family: a series of ballads and metrical tales illustrating the fairy mythology of Europe. London: Macmillan and Co., 1874. Oxford: E. B. Gardner, E. Pickard Hall, and J. H. Stacy, printers to the University. xvi, 247p. two plates. The frontispiece and half title page are separate plates. The illustrator is Edward Burne-Jones. The roundel illustration of the Neck, on the title page of this, the 1874 edition, is a reproduction of the illustration printed on page 279 of the 1857 edition (BM 1992,0406.195). The verse on page 278 of the 1857 edition reads: “
‘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 a separate sheet. . The bookplate of Robin de Beaumont is on the front paste down, together with the bookplate of J. Timothy Kenwick.
Binding: The Macmillan device is printed on the title page verso. Text sewn on two tapes. White endpapers and pastedowns. Red fin rib diagonal-grain cloth. The lower cover is not blocked. The upper cover is blocked in gold and in black. A single black fillet is blocked across the cover at the head and at the tail. Above the tail fillet, repeating dashes are blocked across the cover in black. To the left and the right of the central roundel, groups of bulrushes are blocked in black, up the sides. The central roundel shows, blocked in gold and in black, the Neck playing the harp by the waterside, by the light of the moon. The title: “/The/ fairy family/” is blocked in gold beneath the roundel. The spine is blocked in gold and in black. From the head downwards, the decoration is: a fillet in gold, with a star across the spine; a fillet in black across the spine; a moonlit woodland scene, blocked in gold and in black, with the figures of a man and a lady. The title and author words: “/ the/ fairy [blocked in relief within a rectangular gold lettering-piece, with a gold fillet above and below it]/ [scenery blocked in black]/ family [[blocked in relief within a rectangular gold lettering-piece, with a gold fillet above and below it]/ Archibald/ Maclaren/” are blocked in gold and in relief; a landscape, with two castle towers, all in black; the word: “/ Macmillan & Co./” is blocked in gold within a rectangular gold lettering-piece, which has a single gold fillet blocked above and below it; a black fillet across the spine; a gild fillet and a star across the spine at the tail.
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Height: 185 millimetres
Thickness: 26 millimetres
Width: 130 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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