The Book of the Flower Fairies
Author: Cicely Mary Barker
Illustrator: Cicely Mary Barker
BARKER, Cicely M[ary]. The Book of the Flower Fairies. Poems and Pictures by Cicely Mary Barker. London: Blackie & Son (ca. 1930). 8vo, 92pp. Olive cloth pictorially stamped in gilt. Gray endpapers; 72 color plates. Spine ends and corners slightly rubbed, previous owner’s bookplate on front free endpaper, else a fine copy.
Early printing from 3 years after the first edition. A collection of the first three Flower Fairies books by Cicely Mary Barker, featuring her beloved first published book, Flower Fairies of the Spring, as well as the two subsequent companion works: Flower Fairies of the Summer and Flower Fairies of the Autumn. Best-known for her illustrations featuring the titular flower fairies, Barker’s work shows the strong influence of Kate Greenaway, highlighting nostalgic costumes and lush watercolors.