The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald. Lippincott, 1887
The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald. Lippincott, 1887. Address listed on rear endpaper advertisement is 715 Market Street, Philadelphia - which burned in 1899. Some slant to spine; front hinge is weak but holding. Beautiful illustrated front board. Numerous internal woodcut illustrations by Arthur Hughes.
" ‘Tolkien knew well MacDonald’s children’s books “The Princess and the Goblin” and “The Princess and Curdie”, both of which influenced Tolkien’s depiction of goblins in The Hobbit,’ writes Douglas A. Anderson in ‘Tales Before Tolkien: The Roots of Modern Fantasy’. Dart-Thornton notes similarities between this story and Tolkien’s works, for example: ‘The wise, magical, prescient grandmother of the Princess Irene, seems to be a literary ancestor of Galadriel; centuries old and yet looking young, a queen, a healer, a beautiful, golden-haired woman associated with water. ‘Princess Irene has a magic ring which is associated with invisibility, being linked to a semi-visible thread. This ring aids her in an escape from the Goblin Underground, much as The One Ring aids Bilbo.’ "