MACDONALD,GEORGE. DEALINGS WITH THE FAIRIES. Lond: Arthur Strahan 1867. 12mo, green gilt cloth, all edges gilt, 308p. + 4p. ads, expertly rebacked with original spine laid down. A few mends and light soil, VG+ in cloth slipcase. 1st edition. Containing: The Golden Key; The Light Princess; The Giant's Heart; The Shadows; and Cross Purposes and with 12 fine full page illustrations by ARTHUR HUGHES. Darton (Child. Books in England rev.ed. p. 263) comments on Macdonald's influence with Lewis Carroll in publishing Alice and he adds: "His contribution to the 'invented fairy tale'... was something which was not there before. More than any other prose story teller for children at that period, he brought serious imagination into the fabric of his tales." And the fact that many of his works are still in print today (including 2 from this book illustrated by Sendak) attests to the enduring quality of his stories. Very scarce and an important book.