H.J. Ford is a legend among book illustrators for his collaboration with Andrew Lang on a popular series of twelve "Color" fairy tale books published at the turn of the twentieth century. Beginning with The Blue Fairy Book and continuing each year with Green, Red, Olive, Pink, etc, these introduced young readers to fairy stories from around the world. And the abundant color plates and black and white illustrations by Ford became reader's guides to elves, giants, gnomes, monsters, maidens, mermaids, brave knights and so much more.
Today this series is among the most highly prized and valued of the illustrated books circa 1890-1915...a fine copy of any one would be snapped up at $350-$500, even though they are not signed or limited editions.
Lang and Ford also worked together on books with settings ranging from the Middle Ages through the eighteenth century, including The Red Book of Animal Stories and The Book of Saints and Heroes. H. J. Ford's other works include The Book of Princes and Princesses, Tales of Troy and Greece, The Strange Story Book, and The Arabian Nights Entertainments.
Assembled here is a dazzling gallery of Ford's heroes, supernatural creatures, saints, and historic figures. Many of the compilation's images--rarely seen since their original publication-- appear here in their original full-color splendor. I've collected Ford's work for decades but this still offers images from volumes that have eluded me and great images, produced nicely larger size than in the originals, that I've never seen before. A long overdue book that is great fun, seeing all these classic fairy tales brought to life. -Bud