The Princess and the Goblin

In a certain rather special sense I for one can really testify to a book that has made a difference to my whole existence, which helped me to see things in a certain way from the start; a vision of things which even so real a revolution as a change of religious allegiance has substantially only crowned and confirmed. Of all the stories I have read, including even all the novels of the same novelist, it remains the most real, the most realistic, in the exact sense of the phrase the most like life. It is called The Princess and the Goblin, and is by George MacDonald.

– G.K. Chesterton, 1924

In 2018, Nissemand Press (the children’s book imprint of St. Irenaeus Press) released a new edition of George MacDonald’s beloved classic, The Princess and the Goblin:

Cover art by Ann Marie Buonemani

What makes this edition special is the artwork: our editors sifted through six printings of The Princess and the Goblin from the golden age of illustration and extracted 60 pictures, almost one for every page spread.

Illustration by Helen Stratton, from the Blackie & Son edition of 1911

The edition is also furnished with helpful sidenotes to help readers with difficult vocabulary. For instance, when you read, “Loosely hold the helve,” on page 26 and your son asks you, “What is a ‘helve’?” you can sagely answer (from the sidenote), “‘Helve’ is another word for handle.” “Wow! Grown-ups know everything.”

“A sabot is another name for a clog.”

This new edition is available as a premium, color paperback from here.

Him we proclaim, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man mature in Christ.

—Colossians 1:28

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