The Book of Romance - Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang, Andrew Lang (editor), H. J. Ford (illustrator) 1902 - Longmans, London - First Edition ‘long, long ago, after Uther Pendragon died, there was no King in Britain, and every Knight hoped to seize the crown for himself.’

This marvellous opening sets the tone for this masterful retelling of these ancient legends by Leonora Lang, including stories about King Arthur, Robin Hood, Roland, and of Wayland the Smith.

In the original publisher's intricate gilt binding and gorgeously illustrated throughout with 8 colour plates, 35 black & white plates, and 8 in-text drawings by Henry Justice Ford.
  Andrew Lang [1844-1912] was a Scottish poet, novelist, and literary critic. He was best known for his various collections of folk and fairy tales, in particular the ‘rainbow’ series, where each volume of stories was distinguished by its own colour. Lang’s wife, Leonora Blanche Alleyne, frequently co-edited his work, though her collaboration often went uncredited.

Henry Justice Ford [1860-1940] is best known for his collaboration with Andrew Lang on the series of twelve Coloured Fairy Books [1889-1910]. He had a somewhat unusual career for an illustrator. Born in London, he won a scholarship to Clare College, Cambridge, from which he graduated with a first-class degree in classics. After graduation, he studied at the Slade school of Art with Alphonse Legros and the Bushey school of Art with Sir Hubert Herkomer. A friend of Sir Edward Burne-Jones, he exhibited history paintings and landscapes at the Royal Academy between 1892 and 1903.

Provenance: Sir Mervyn Lloyd Peel K.B.E. (1856-1929) of Danvrallt, Carmarthenshire, with his name and note in ink dated 1902.

References: Houfe, Simon
The Dictionary of British Book Illustrators and Caricaturists 1800-1914, 306. Andrew Lang in Fairyland’ Roger Lancelyn Green, Only Connect: Readings on Children's Literature 250. Silvey, Children's Books and Their Creators 387. Fantastic Illustration and Design in Britain, 1850-1930. Peppin, Fantasy: The Golden Age of Fantastic Illustration.

Octavo (19 x 13.5 cm) pp. [2] xiv 384. In publisher’s blue cloth, spine and front board lettered and illustrated in gilt, illustrated endpapers in blue and white, all edges gilt.
  Condition: Near fine, wear to corners and edges, one or two gatherings over opened.   Ref: 108575   Price: HK$ 2,600