The Princess and Goblin


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The Princess and  Goblin by MACDONALD, George
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London: J. M. Dent & Sons, 1955. Publishers original illustrated cloth with brown lettering to spine. Dustwrapper: clipped, minor shelf wear to edges, tape residue marks to flaps, now protected in Brodart. Patterned endpapers, no inscriptions, to small tape residue marks to front and end endpaper. 216pp. plus 8 full colour plates and 14 line drawings within text, light foxing to closed pages otherwise pages clean and bright in a firm binding. The Children's Illustrated Classics Series. George MacDonald's second novel for children is widely regarded as both his best children's story and one of the finest fantasy tales ever written. The Princess Irene lives in a castle on a mountain with her nurse Lootie, while in caves beneath live a race of ugly goblins with heads as hard as stone. The lines are drawn for a fantastic confrontation between the Princess, her great-great-grandmother and her intrepid friend Curdie on the one side, and the gnome-like goblins on the other. It is a thrilling battle of wits which must prove fatal... for someone. As the story begins, the royal family is visiting their castle in the countryside. Curdie is the young son of a miner and is already helping his father in the mines - not unusual since this was written in a society where child labour was still common. Irene discovers her great-great-grandmother, the queen mother, living in an attic in the labyrinthine castle, even though everyone else insists that she must be dead by now. Grandmother gives Irene a magical ball of thread which will help her find her way home from anywhere. Attacks by the goblins result in Irene's kidnapping, and Curdie and his father being trapped underground. The sequel to this book is The Princess and Curdie, in which Princess Irene and Curdie are a year or two older, and must overthrow a set of corrupt ministers who are poisoning Irene's father, the king. Irene's grandmother also reappears and gives Curdie a strange gift and a monster called Lina to help his quest.. Reprint. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. Illus. by Charles Folkard. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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