Roumania, Japan, Serbia, Lithuania, Africa, Portugal, and Russia are among the sources of these 35 stories that tell of a haunted forest, chests of gold coins, a magical dog, and a man who outwits a dragon. First published in 1901 this is number seven in Andrew Lang's twelve volume series of collected fairy tales. Bound in dark indigo violet cloth with a very elaborate design embossed in gilt. This volume published in 1901 shows varying degrees of wear and marks to the cover. Corners are bumped and worn with surface loss, and the spine ends are very worn with chips and fraying; split to the cover on the left edge of the spine, approx. 13cm. The text block edges are gilt and appear slightly dust-soiled. A slight split between the front end papers has exposed webbing and a similar split between pp. 384 & 385 exposes webbing and glue marks; a wider break, approx. 5mm, between pp. 272 & 275 has detached the intermediate leaves which are still present . Many pages have slight soiling marks, mainly in the margins. The book has numerous in-text and full plate illustrations by H. J. Ford, including 7 in colour. A coloured frontispiece is listed but missing from this volume. On the half-title is a gift dedication in black ink dated 'Xmas 1901'.