This captivating image comes from a collection of 12 books, known as Lang's Fairy Books (or Andrew Lang's Fairy Books of Many Colours). Compiled by Andrew Lang (1844-1912) and illustrated by Henry Justice Ford (1860-1941), the books were a sensation among British schoolchildren and were sold all around the world. Each book in the series was named for the colour of its featured fairy, and this Violet Fairy journal reproduces the front cover of that book's first edition. Lang was a Scottish poet, novelist and anthropologist who specialized in collecting folk and fairy tales from around the globe. Published in 1901, his Violet Fairy Book includes stories such as "The Story of the Wonderful Beggars," "The Lute Player" and "The Princess Who Was Hidden Underground," gathered from places like Romania, Japan, Lithuania, Portugal and Russia. H.J. Ford's Violet Fairy illustration has a classical and timeless quality, perfect for a book that continues to be loved by young and old alike. May the Violet Fairy bring a hint of vintage whimsy to your writings.