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Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books Series

Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books, also known as ‘Christmas Books,’ are a series of twenty-five collections of true and fictional stories for children, published between 1889 and 1913. In all, the volumes feature 798 stories, besides the 153 poems in The Blue Poetry Book. Here is the order of publication:


Books in the Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books series:

The Blue Fairy Book (1889)

A wide range of fairy tales, with seven from the Brothers Grimm, five from Madame d’Aulnoy, three from the Arabian Nights, and four Norwegian fairytales, among other sources.

The Blue Fairy Book was the first volume in the series and so it contains some of the best known tales, taken from a variety of sources.

Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Various
Illustrator(s): H. J. Ford
Jacomb Hood

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The Red Fairy Book (1890)

In this the second of his fairy books, Andrew Lang does take a hand in the writing. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Andrew Lang
Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
Et al
Illustrator(s): H. J. Ford
Lancelot Speed

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The Blue Poetry Book (1891)

The purpose of this collection is to provide children with great poems. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Various
Illustrator(s): H. J. Ford
Lancelot Speed

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The Green Fairy Book (1892)

This is the third collection of fairy tales edited by Andrew Lang. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
Et al
Illustrator(s): H. J. Ford

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The Yellow Fairy Book (1894)

A multitudinous collection of fairy tales from many lands. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
Et al
Illustrator(s): H. J. Ford

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The Red True Story Book (1895)

A collection of true stories of adventure and heroism. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Andrew Lang
Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
Et al
Illustrator(s): H. J. Ford

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The Animal Story Book (1896)

Here are 66 illustrated tales, mostly true, about creatures of land, sea, and air. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
Et al
Illustrator(s): H. J. Ford

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The Pink Fairy Book (1897)

A collection of fairy tales from many lands. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
Et al
Illustrator(s): H. J. Ford

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The Arabian Nights Entertainments (1898)

Tales selected from The Thousand Nights and a Night. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Anonymous
Illustrator(s): H. J. Ford

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The Red Book of Animal Stories (1899)

A collection of stories about animals, mainly true. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
Illustrator(s): H. J. Ford

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The Grey Fairy Book (1900)

A collection of fairy stories from around the world. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
Et al
Illustrator(s): H. J. Ford

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The Violet Fairy Book (1901)

A collection of traditional fairy tales from many lands. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
Et al
Illustrator(s): H. J. Ford

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The Book of Romance (1902)

A collection of romances, chiefly from the Arthurian cycle. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
Et al
Illustrator(s): H. J. Ford

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The Crimson Fairy Book (1903)

A collection of traditional fairy tales, mainly from Europe. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
Et al
Illustrator(s): H. J. Ford

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The Brown Fairy Book (1904)

Stories from many different cultures. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Andrew Lang
Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
Et al
Illustrator(s): H. J. Ford

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The Red Romance Book (1905)

A selection of stories from the old epics and some newer tales such as Don Quixote. Read online at Hathitrust.

Author(s): Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
Illustrator(s): H. J. Ford

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The Orange Fairy Book (1906)

A diverse collection of fairy tales. Read online at Hathitrust.

Author(s): Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
Et al
Illustrator(s): H. J. Ford

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The Olive Fairy Book (1907)

An eclectic collection of fairy tales. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
Et al
Illustrator(s): H. J. Ford

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The Book of Princes and Princesses (1908)

A book of fairy tales based on real princes and princesses. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
Illustrator(s): H. J. Ford

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The Red Book of Heroes (1909)

Biographies of people who were truly in earnest. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
Illustrator(s): A. Wallis Mills

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The Lilac Fairy Book (1910)

A collection of international fairy tales. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
Et al
Illustrator(s): H. J. Ford

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The All Sorts of Stories Book (1911)

Thirty stories of adventure & magic, collected and retold by Leonora Lang. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Andrew Lang
Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
Illustrator(s): H. J. Ford

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The Book of Saints and Heroes (1912)

A collection of biographies of saints and heroes. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
Illustrator(s): H. J. Ford

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The Strange Story Book (1913)

A collection or stories, some of them true, mostly fictitious. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
Illustrator(s): H. J. Ford

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The Red Fairy Book (1924)

In this, his second fairy tale collection, Andrew Lang does take a hand in the writing.

Author(s): Andrew Lang
Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
Et al
Illustrator(s): Gustaf Tenggren

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Arabian Nights (1946)

Tales selected from The Thousand Nights and a Night.

Author(s): Anonymous
Illustrator(s): Vera Bock

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The Crimson Fairy Book (1947)

A collection of fairy tales mainly from European sources.

Author(s): Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
Et al
Illustrator(s): Ben Kutcher

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The Green Fairy Book (1948)

A collection of classic fairy tales.

Author(s): Andrew Lang
Illustrator(s): Dorothy Lake Gregory

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The Rose Fairy Book (1948)

A selection of tales from the Brown, Grey, Lilac, Orange and Pink Fairy Books.

Author(s): Andrew Lang
Illustrator(s): Vera Bock

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The Yellow Fairy Book (1948)

A multitudinous collection of fairy tales from many lands.

Author(s): Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
Et al
Illustrator(s): Janice Holland

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The Blue Fairy Book (1949)

Fairy tales from France and Germany, Scotland and England and Scandinavia. Drawn from the Brothers Grimm, Madame d’Aulnoy, the Arabian Nights and Norway and more.

Author(s): Andrew Lang
Illustrator(s): Ben Kutcher

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The Olive Fairy Book (1950)

This new edition has a somewhat different selection of stories than the original edition.

Author(s): Andrew Lang
Illustrator(s): Anne Vaughan

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The Orange Fairy Book (1950)

A new set of illustrations for an old friend.

Author(s): Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
Et al
Illustrator(s): Christine Price

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The Red Fairy Book (1950)

In this, the second of his fairy tale books, Andrew Lang does take a hand in the writing.

Author(s): Andrew Lang
Illustrator(s): Marc Simont

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The Violet Fairy Book (1951)

A collection of traditional fairy tales from many lands, with new illustrations.

Author(s): Andrew Lang
Illustrator(s): Dorothy Lake Gregory

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The Blue Fairy Book (1965)

A wide range of fairy tales, with seven from the Brothers Grimm, five from Madame d’Aulnoy, three from the Arabian Nights, and four Norwegian fairytales, among other sources.

The Blue Fairy Book was the first volume in the series and so it contains some of the best known tales, taken from a variety of sources.

Author(s): Various
Illustrator(s): H. J. Ford
Jacomb Hood
Various

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The Arabian Nights Entertainments (1969)

Tales from The Thousand Nights and a Night, include all of the adventures of Sindbad the sailor.

Author(s): Anonymous
Illustrator(s): H. J. Ford

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The Blue Fairy Book (1975)

A wide range of fairy tales, with seven from the Brothers Grimm, five from Madame d’Aulnoy, three from the Arabian Nights, and four Norwegian fairytales, among other sources.

The Blue Fairy Book was the first volume in the series and so it contains some of the best known tales, taken from a variety of sources.

This edition edited by Brian Alderson eliminates some of the weaker tales and corrects errors in others.

Author(s): Various
Illustrator(s): John Lawrence

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The Red Fairy Book (1976)

In this the second of his fairy books, Andrew Lang does take a hand in the writing. This edition was edited by Brian Alderson who has eliminated a few stories and supplied stronger translations for others.

Author(s): Andrew Lang
Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
Et al
Illustrator(s): Faith Jaques

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The Green Fairy Book (1978)

This is the third collection of fairy tales edited by Andrew Lang. This new edition from Brian Alderson features many corrections and a few new translations.

Author(s): Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
Et al
Illustrator(s): Antony Maitland

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The Yellow Fairy Book (1980)

A multitudinous collection of fairy tales from many lands.

Author(s): Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
Et al
Illustrator(s): Erik Blegvad

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The Pink Fairy Book (1982)

A collection of fairy tales from many lands. Brian Alderson has pruned, corrected and retranslated some of the stories for this edition.

Author(s): Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
Et al
Illustrator(s): Colin McNaughton

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The Rainbow Fairy Book (1993)

A selection of tales from the famous ‘Color’ fairy books.

Author(s): Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
Et al
Illustrator(s): Michael Hague

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