(London: Hodder and Stoughton, [, 1924]). 318 x 260 mm. (12 1/2 x 10 1/4"). 197 pp. No. 111 OF 500 COPIES OF THE EDITION DELUXE, SIGNED BY THE ARTIST.
Publisher's deluxe binding of full vellum, upper cover with gilt-embossed vignette (replicating the title page), flat spine with gilt tree at foot and gilt titling at head, top edge gilt. Engraved illustrated title page, engraved tailpieces, 16 full-page black and white engravings, and 12 color plates by Kay Nielsen. Front free endpaper with remnants of bookplate. Hint of splaying to boards, gilt on spine a little muted, otherwise only the most trivial imperfections; a nearly fine copy, very clean and fresh inside and out.
This appealing edition of fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen is illustrated by his fellow Dane, Kay Nielsen, whose popularity during the early 20th century "golden age of illustration" rivaled that of Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac. Born in Copenhagen to a theatrical family, Nielsen (1886-1957) studied art in Paris, where he became quite interested in Japanese and Chinese paintings. The influence of those styles can be seen in the color plates here, while the monochrome works are reminiscent of illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley. When the popularity of extravagantly illustrated gift books began to fade in the 1930s, Nielsen moved to California, where he worked for Disney Studios, contributing illustrations for "Fantasia" and other animated films. The tales collected here include "The Real Princess" (better known as "The Princess and the Pea"), "The Snow Queen," "The Red Shoes," and "The Nightingale," Andersen's tribute to the famed Swedish singer Jenny Lind, who had gently rebuffed the lovestruck writer's advances. (ST12683-047)
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PJP Catalog: NYBF17complete.099