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The Princess and the Goblin

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The Princess and the Goblin

by MacDonald, George

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About This Item

Philadelphia: David McKay Company Publishers, 1920. First edition with illustrations by Jessie Willcox Smith. Hardcover. Jessie Willcox Smith. 203pp. Quarto [24 cm] Tan cloth with gilt and blue ink stamped titles and borders on the spine and front cover, and an illustrated paper label mounted to the front cover. Top edge gilt. Pictorial endpapers by Jessie Willcox Smith. Very good condition. The spine is a bit concave, and the edges of the covers are lightly rubbed and bumped. The front flyleaf has a contemporary gift inscription, and a previous owner's bookplate. The text block is just barely beginning to crack in several places, however it is still very sturdy. No dust jacket. The only thing that differs from the Nudelman A55 first issue points is the leaf size (the height is 23.6 cm; width 17.5 cm). Else, all first issue points are present. Eight full-page color plates by Jessie Willcox Smith.

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George Macdonald (1824-1905) was born at Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, where his father was a miller and his family Congregationalists. As a young man he was ordained a minister of the Congregational church but he resigned after a disagreement with his deacons over doctrine, and from 1853 he earned his living by lecturing and writing, often in poor health, which meant periodic travelling in search of purer air for his lungs. In 1851 he married Louisa Powell, with whom he spent a long and happy life, sadly ending in grief when three of his thirteen children died of tuberculosis and he suffered a stroke that deprived him of speech for his last five years. He was a prolific writer, yet it is his fantasies for children that have survived. The Princess and the Goblin was the second of these, published first as a serial in Good Words for the Young , a periodical of which he became editor for a short time in 1869. About a hundred years later W.H. Auden wrote, 'To me, George MacDonald's most extraordinary, and precious, gift is his ability, in all his stories, to create an atmosphere of goodness about which there is nothing phone or moralistic. Nothing is rarer in literature.'

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Bookseller
Ken Sanders Rare Books, ABAA US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
42917
Title
The Princess and the Goblin
Author
MacDonald, George
Illustrator
Jessie Willcox Smith
Format/Binding
Hardcover
Book Condition
Used
Quantity Available
1
Edition
First edition with illustrations by Jessie Willcox Smith
Publisher
David McKay Company Publishers
Place of Publication
Philadelphia
Date Published
1920
Keywords
Jessie Willcox Smith; George MacDonald; Illustrators; Beck Engraving Company; Goblin BOSTON 2016; PASADENA 2017; OAKLAND 2017 (ABAA); denver2017; BOSTON 2017; PASADENA 2018 (ABAA); BOSTON 2018; PASADENA2019 & OAKLAND2019; LAX2019 & SEATTLE201

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