Indian Fairy Tales.
London: David Nutt, 1892. Full morocco, 10 inches tall. A wonderful full crushed morocco binding, executed in 1898 by Riviere & Son with superb gilt olive branch tooling to the spine and boards. With gilt dentelles and top edge. Illustrated by John D Batten with a pictorial title page printed in pink, 9 plates, all in 2 states, headpieces, vignettes and initials throughout. Original paper spine bound in. Signed by the author, publisher and illustrator. First edition, Deluxe issue being number 22 of 160 copies printed on Japanese vellum. Joseph Jacobs, the editor of the society journal 'Folklore', was a noted collector and publisher of English folklore. He was responsible for popularising such familiar fairy tales as "Goldilocks and the Three Bears", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "Jack the Giant Killer", "The History of Tom Thumb" and 'The Three Little Pigs". He went on the collect fairy tales from the Jewish, Celtic and Indian traditions. This is a unique and superb copy of the fruits of his Indian collection.