London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1887. First Edition. Cloth. Prsentation copy SIGNED with his distinctive letters-swirls-&-marks by the Author on the half title, 2 vols., small 8vos, dark green cloth with gold-embossed goddess on covers and gilt lettering on spines, xvi + 340 pages + 16pp. ads & vol. II: 373 pages (with two errata slips tipped in). Weight: 2 lbs. 13 oz. Very Good + / None. Item #519
Rare and significant study by Lang in a rare SIGNED/INITIALLED Presentation Copy with tight, bright, & clean condition. Binding retains its freshness with good green (slightly rubbed) & bright gold-stamped goddesses. Solid text block though Inner hinges are cracked. Pages are a trifle age-toned. Bookplates of Abel Berland, an important collector.
Andrew Lang FBA (1844 – 1912) was a Scottish poet, novelist, literary critic, and contributor to the field of anthropology. He is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales. This summarizing and fascinating study by Lang--generally acknowledged as the "Fairy Tale & Folklore King" of his British era--has many excellent insights and appears to be something like the author-scholar's "Golden Bough."