The Princess and the Goblin. By George MacDonald.


by George MacDonald
London: Blackie & Son, ca 1880s

George MacDonald is one of the most important writers of his day, because of his influence on so many other authors–C.S. Lewis called him a “master,” G.K. Chesterton said that Princess & the Goblin “made a difference to my whole existence,” and other authors like Lewis Carroll, W. H. Auden, J. M. Barrie, Mark Twain, Robert E. Howard, L. Frank Baum, T.H. White, Richard Adams, Lloyd Alexander, J. R. R. Tolkien, Peter S. Beagle, Neil Gaiman and Madeleine L’Engle have all cited MacDonald as an influence.

The Princess and the Goblin is (in my opinion) his best work–a fun fantasy that has deep mythological roots. This is an early reprint, probably from the 1870s-1880s. It includes the original illustrations by Arthur Hughes.

The book is in good condition. The main flaws are some grubby fingermarks to some of the pages, and a noticeable spine slant from reading. The front endpaper is split about 2″ from the bottom, and the covers have moderate wear and soiling. I’ve taken photos of these flaws, but I think you’ll agree that overall it’s a good copy.

Measures 7-1/2″ by 5-1/2″ 313 pages plus 32 pages of publisher’s ads.

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