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The Tale of the Land of Green Ginger - A Fairy Tale for children

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Product description

"The Tale of the Land of Green Ginger" first appeared in 1937, with a second edition in 1947 enhanced with new B/W illustrations by the author. It tells of Abu Ali, the son of Aladdin (who is now emperor of China). Abu Ali's first words are "Button-nosed tortoise", which immediately mark him out as fated to perform an important task when he grows up. On reaching maturity, Abu Ali duly sets out on his quest (the hero's journey), has various adventures, and struggles to do good whilst foiling the schemes of the Wicked Princes, Rubdub Ben Thud and Tintac Ping Foo. The book is one of the first by a modern writer to tell what happens in a fairy tale world after "they all lived happily ever after", and is particularly highly regarded for its amusing word-play. It was adapted for television on Shirley Temple's 'Storybook', and read by Kenneth Williams for the BBC's 'Jackanory' in December 1968.

Noel Langley (1911–1980) was a South African-born (later naturalised American) novelist, playwright, screenwriter and director, who co-wrote the screenplay which formed the basis for the 1939 film 'The Wizard of Oz'. Other screenplays included 'Scrooge', 'Ivanhoe', and 'The Prisoner of Zenda'. As well as his wide-ranging literary output, Langley was an accomplished artist, and the illustrations in the 2nd edition of "The Land of Green Ginger" are his own.

Our 2nd edition copy is in very good condition for its age, retaining its illustrated dust jacket (though this is quite torn and ragged, with several areas of loss). Interestingly, although the front inner corner is clipped, the price is printed on the remaining portion - ?jacket designed thus? The book itself is bound in green cloth with the title etc in gilt cursive script on front and spine. The cover is badly faded in the areas where the jacket has been torn, as well as along the top and bottom edges. There is marked vertical bowing. Very light foxing on endpapers and textblock edges, but none within the body of the book; all pages clean and bright; binding firm with no loose pages. A bookseller's label inside the front cover, and some browning of the front fep, halftitle page, and the intervening blank page.

Item details

Added value:
2nd edition with new B/W illustrations
Author(s):
Langley, N.
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
22 x 16.5 x 1.5 cm
Edition:
1947
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
123
Publisher:
Arthur Barker
Title:
The Tale of the Land of Green Ginger - A Fairy Tale for Children

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"The Tale of the Land of Green Ginger" first appeared in 1937, with a second edition in 1947 enhanced with new B/W illustrations by the author. It tells of Abu Ali, the son of Aladdin (who is now emperor of China). Abu Ali's first words are "Button-nosed tortoise", which immediately mark him out as fated to perform an important task when he grows up. On reaching maturity, Abu Ali duly sets out on his quest (the hero's journey), has various adventures, and struggles to do good whilst foiling the schemes of the Wicked Princes, Rubdub Ben Thud and Tintac Ping Foo. The book is one of the first by a modern writer to tell what happens in a fairy tale world after "they all lived happily ever after", and is particularly highly regarded for its amusing word-play. It was adapted for television on Shirley Temple's 'Storybook', and read by Kenneth Williams for the BBC's 'Jackanory' in December 1968.

Noel Langley (1911–1980) was a South African-born (later naturalised American) novelist, playwright, screenwriter and director, who co-wrote the screenplay which formed the basis for the 1939 film 'The Wizard of Oz'. Other screenplays included 'Scrooge', 'Ivanhoe', and 'The Prisoner of Zenda'. As well as his wide-ranging literary output, Langley was an accomplished artist, and the illustrations in the 2nd edition of "The Land of Green Ginger" are his own.

Our 2nd edition copy is in very good condition for its age, retaining its illustrated dust jacket (though this is quite torn and ragged, with several areas of loss). Interestingly, although the front inner corner is clipped, the price is printed on the remaining portion - ?jacket designed thus? The book itself is bound in green cloth with the title etc in gilt cursive script on front and spine. The cover is badly faded in the areas where the jacket has been torn, as well as along the top and bottom edges. There is marked vertical bowing. Very light foxing on endpapers and textblock edges, but none within the body of the book; all pages clean and bright; binding firm with no loose pages. A bookseller's label inside the front cover, and some browning of the front fep, halftitle page, and the intervening blank page.

Added value:
2nd edition with new B/W illustrations
Author(s):
Langley, N.
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
22 x 16.5 x 1.5 cm
Edition:
1947
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
123
Publisher:
Arthur Barker
Title:
The Tale of the Land of Green Ginger - A Fairy Tale for Children

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