London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1908.
New Impression. Hardcover. This splendid, stage-ready guide to fourteen fairy tale plays is complete with full scripts, music scores, dance directions, costume designs, and even detailed directions for making an ogre's head, all illustrated in equally instructive and enchanting images at place in any fairy tale. The work of British playwright Lady Florence Bell (1851-1930), this book nearly bursts with her creativity as it stages the plays for beloved fairy tales Ali Baba, or the Forty Thieves, Rumpelstiltzkin, Red Riding Hood, Beauty and the Beast, Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Foolish Jack, The Golden Goose, The Tinder-Box, The Three Wishes, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Fisherman and His Wife, The Sleeping Beauty, and Bluebeard, each thoroughly and fantastically illustrated by the great Lancelot Speed, best known for his illustrations to Andrew Lang's fairy books and H. Rider Haggard's She and later as a director of several early British silent films.
7 3/8" X 5". lv, 366pp. Bound in full near-black dark green cloth, with theatrical scene stamped in gilt to upper board and upper board and spine lettered in kind. Mild edgewear to binding, with corners turned in, scattered rubbing, and small closed tears to head and tail of spine. All edges gilt. Slight lean to spine. Hinges tender. Binding remains sound. Previous owner's name to front free endpaper and small, neat pencilled note to rear pastedown. Toning to endpapers. Pages are clean and unmarked. Thoroughly and fantastically illustrated in tissue-guarded frontispiece and innumerable vignettes by the great Lancelot Speed. Very good. Item #5701