(#171256) THE BLUE MOON. Laurence Housman.

THE BLUE MOON. London: John Murray, 1904. Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v [vi] vii [viii] 1-2] 3-210 [211-212: blank], inserted frontispiece and engraved title and eight other inserted plates with illustrations by Clemence Housman, publisher's pictorial blue cloth, front panel stamped in black, spine panel stamped in gold (cover illustration by Clemence Housman. First edition. A collection of fairy tales with lovely illustrations by Housman's sister. The last of a series of fairy tale books published by Housman between 1894 and 1904, preceded by A FARM IN FAIRYLAND (1894), THE HOUSE OF JOY (1895) and THE FIELD OF CLOVER (1898). "The contents of the four collections were reprinted in two volumes as MOONSHINE AND CLOVER and A DOORWAY IN FAIRYLAND (both 1922). Though some stories have aspirations to moral seriousness, in a more veiled fashion than [the Christian fantasies in ALL-FELLOWS: SEVEN LEGENDS OF LOWER REDEMPTION (1896)], the collections are most notable for their whimsical idiosyncrasy and the occasional reversal of traditional sex roles, as in 'The Prince with the Nine Sorrows' and 'Japonel.'" - Barron, ed., Fantasy Literature 2-85. Cloth lightly rubbed at spine ends and corner tips, a bit of mild internal foxing, a nearly fine copy. (#171256).

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