New York: Viking Press, 1933. Small folio measuring 9.5 x 7 inches, original cream cloth spine, color pictorial paper boards, spine lettered in black. Illustrated with black and white plates throughout text. Inscribed in December of 1933 by MacKinstry on front free endpaper. Light shelfwear and bumping to corners, darkening to spine and cloth near head of spine, gently toned rear endapers. No dust jacket.
First edition of this poetic alphabet, inscribed by the author, illustrated with woodcut-style illustrations of famous fairy royalty and whimsical fairy mischief: magic taught to fairy children, jokes played on mortals, Titania holding court. Recognized early as a prodigy, MacKinstry (1878-1956) was a professional violinist as a child, and studied sculpture under Rodin before settling in Buffalo to teach art. In the 1920s she began a distinguished career in illustration, and was especially known for her depiction of fairies and fairy tales. Her playfully stylized images evoke, in different ways, the work of William Blake, Aubrey Beardsley, and Kay Nielsen. A near-fine copy, scarce inscribed.