PRINCESS AND THE GOBLIN
[Jessie Willcox Smith, illus.]; MacDonald, George
Price: 195.00 USD
(Philadelphia: David McKay, Publishers, 1920), FIRST EDITION WITH THESE ILLUSTRATIONS. A WONDERFULLY ILLUSTRATED WORK BY JESSIE WILLCOX SMITH, and it is little wonder Scottish author George MacDonald is best remembered for his children's stories. Having eleven children of his own no doubt gave MacDonald a great deal of practice with this sort of thing. PRINCESS AND THE GOBLIN is his best known work other then AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND. Anne Thaxter Eaton writes in 'A Critical History of Children's Literature' that The Princess and the Goblin "quietly suggest in every incident ideas of courage and honor." Scarce first edition with Jessie Willcox Smith's illustrations. With a whimsically decorated title-page and eight colour plates by Jessie Willcox Smith. 8vo, publisher's original beige cloth with a pictorial paste-down on the upper cover, framed in gilt and blue with blue lettering, and with gilt lettering to the spine,pictorially decorated endpapers. 203. A very nice copy, internally very clean and fresh, quite fine, the textblock and binding all firm and strong, the cloth just a bit mellowed by time, a little more so to the spine panel, but still an attractive copy.