The Blue Fairy Book Lang, Andrew. London, Longmans Green & Co, 1903. First Edition. First in a series of twelve Fairy books, published between 1889 and 1910.
Many people in the late Victorian era considered traditional fairytales to be unfit for children because of their brutal and violent themes, so English collections of fairytales were rare during this period. Lang, on the other hand, grew up reading classic fairy tales during his childhood in the rural Scottish Borders and he believed that the next generation of children should not be subjected to the dreamy, gentle, flower-orientated fairy tales that were popular at the time.
More about Andrew Lang at the 12-volume Fairy Book series at Abe Books.