THE HOUSE OF JOY. London: Kegan Paul Trench Trubner & Co., 1895. Octavo, pp. [1-4] [1-3] 4-181 [182-184: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], ten inserted plates (including illustrated title page) with illustrations by the author, original pictorial green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black and gold, all edges untrimmed. First edition. Second of a series of fairy tale books, preceded by A FARM IN FAIRYLAND (1894), and followed by THE FIELD OF CLOVER (1898) and THE BLUE MOON (1904). "Many of his early stories are fairy tales, ostensibly for children, in the mode of Oscar Wilde ... Compared to much that was published at the end of the nineteenth century, these tales are notable for their lack of cant, the occasionally prominent role given to female protagonists and an underlying sense of rather laid-back decency." - Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p. 480. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 2-79. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978) or Reginald (1979; 1992). Early owners' signatures on front free endpaper. Mild rubbing to spine ends, some loss to gold title lettering on spine panel, some foxing to endpapers, ghost on pages 8 and 9 from clipping once laid in, 23 mm tear to bottom edge of front free endpaper, a good to very good copy overall. One of Housman's scarcer books. (#136377).
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