London: Macmillan and Co., 1912.
First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. First printing of this illustrated edition (text first published in 1883. 9.75" x 7.25", xiii, 273 (1) pp + publisher's ads, with 32 color plates. Bound in deep red cloth with elaborate decoration in blind and gilt. Scrape to gilt at upper border, spine a bit dulled, previous owner's name and brief gift inscription on front endpapers, otherwise clean and sound. Lal Behari Day (1824-1892) was and an Indian writer and Christian missionary who was one of the first people to record and compile Bengali folklore. According to Wikipedia, "this scholarly work is a path-breaking effort in cataloguing the cultural heritage of rural Bengal. This compilation not only preserved folk tales that might otherwise have been lost, but also paved the way for the modern study of folk literature." Warwick Goble (1862-1943) was a British illustrator of children's books who was best known for his illustrations of fairy tales from exotic locales.