In The Fairy Ring
London: Blackie & Son, . Quarto, measuring 10.5 x 8.5 inches: 63, . Original ivory cloth decorated in gilt, pictorial endpapers, all edges gilt. Twenty-four full-color plates, illustrations throughout text. Light scattered foxing (heavier to first and last pages), rear endpapers toned, corners lightly bumped.
First edition of Florence Harrison's In The Fairy Ring, a collection of original fairy poetry accompanied by vibrant full-color plates, with additional line drawings on every page. A boy falls into the hands of trolls, pixies take over one household's chores, a fairy replaces mortal children with changelings, and a girl interviews the Man in the Moon: “no one thinks, for the gold I fling, / To send me a brave balloon; / Though the lovers gaze and the poets praise / My ways in many a rune, / They never try, till the day they die, / To bring the Man from the Moon." A sought-after illustrator in the Pre-Raphaelite vein, Harrison is celebrated for her contributions to books by Alfred Tennyson, Christina Rossetti, and William Morris, as well as her original work. A near-fine example of a Golden Age classic.