FULL TITLE: Fairies: The Cottingley Photographs and Their Sequel
Written by Edward L. Gardner
Photographs by Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright
Published by Theosophical Pub. House, 68 Great Russell Street, London, [c.1945].
Garnder, Edward L. Fairies: The Cottingley Photographs and their Sequel. London: Theosophical Pub. House, [c.1945]. First edition, 8vo, pp. 47, ill.; 5 plates (relief halftones) hors-textes. Tan paper boards, quarter bound in blue cloth, title and author in blue. “First Published…1945” on verso of title-page, lacking illustrated dust jacket.
In Fairies: The Cottingley Photographs and Their Sequel, Edward L. Gardner discusses the famous Cottingley fairy photographs. The series of five photographs were taken by two young cousins, Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths, posing with fairies in their garden in Cottingley, England. The cousins claimed the fairies in the photos were real. At the time of the first photographs, Wright was sixteen, and Griffiths was nine. One of the great photographic hoaxes, the photos sparked widespread debate about the existence of fairies and whether the photographs had been altered.
The "Fairy photographs were first published in the Strand Magazine in the year 1920, and were included in an article by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Author of this book, under the title, "An epoch-making event - Fairies photographed". The author here writes, in response to many requests, a careful sequential plain and straightforward account of the circumstances and events which led to the taking of the photos, and their subsequent publication after much testing and investigation.”—published on the original DJ, lacking here.
Condition: Very good condition, lacking DJ, boards with wear and discolouration, interior with some foxing and previous owner signature, "Amy Goldwin," on front pastedown.
Book measurement: 23.4 cm x 17.7 cm