London: Philip Lee Warner Publisher to The Medici Society [Riccardi Press], 1912. First edition. Limited to 500 copies on hand-made Riccardi paper, this being copy 97. Publisher's holland backed blue boards, printed paper label on front cover and spine (two spare labels at rear), top edge gilt, others uncut. Minimal wear to corners. otherwise a near fine copy. Quarto (10 1/2 x 7 7/8 in; 265 x 200 mm). [6, blank], 113, [1, blank], [1, colophon], [1, blank], [printer's slug], [5, blank] pages. Color frontispiece, and eleven mounted color plates.
“Kingsley’s retellings of Greek myths, The Heroes (1856), subtitled ‘Greek fairy tales for my children’…was written as a corrective to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Tanglewood Tales (1853), which he found ‘distressingly vulgar’, and which undoubtedly falsified the originals. ‘No one’, wrote Roger Lancelyn Green in Tellers of Tales (1946), ‘has caught the magic and the music and the wonder of the old Greek legends as Kingsley did’” (The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales).
Ransom 395, no. 5. Tomkinson 149, no. 5. (Item #3645)