This is the very scarce true first edition of Dealing with the Fairies by George Macdonald, published by Alexander Strahan in 1867, and with four pages of advertisements dated December 1866 at the rear. The illustrations are by Arthur Hughes, consisting of a frontispiece and 11 full page illustrations. This is the first volume of fairy stories by George Macdonald.
George MacDonald (1824 – 1905) was a Scottish author, poet and Christian minister. He was a pioneering figure in the field of fantasy literature and the mentor of fellow writer Lewis Carroll. In addition to his fairy tales, MacDonald wrote several works on Christian apologetics. His writings have been cited as a major literary influence by many notable authors including W. H. Auden, J. M. Barrie, Lord Dunsany, Hope Mirrlees, Robert E. Howard, L. Frank Baum, T.H. White, Lloyd Alexander, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Walter de la Mare, E. Nesbit, Peter S. Beagle, Neil Gaiman and Madeleine L'Engle.
Arthur Hughes (1832 – 1915) was an English painter and illustrator associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
The small format (16mo) volume has been rebound in a modern cloth binding, but is otherwise complete as published, with gilt edges to the text block. There is a tipped-in inscription from the original flyleaf 'Edith New from Mamma 12 Aug.1867'. There is a slight split and discolouration between the original spine binding and preliminary pages, very occasional foxing spots, and the spine is slightly rolled. Overall the condition is very good used commensurate with age, and this is a very nice copy of a rare volume for the collector.