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NIELSEN, Kay (illus.)

East of the Sun and West of the Moon.

Old Tales from the North.

London: Hodder & Stoughton, [1914] Stock Code: 138810
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"Nielsen's most spectacular and celebrated book"

First Nielsen edition, trade issue. The richness of the Danish artist Nielsen's colour images for this lavish illustrated book of Norse pagan mythology was achieved by a four-colour process, in contrast to many of the illustrations prepared by his contemporaries, such as Rackham and Dulac, which characteristically utilized a traditional three-colour process. "By general consent, Nielsen's most spectacular and celebrated book is East of the Sun and West of the Moon, old tales from the North, translated from the Norwegian of Peter C. Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe (devoted collectors of Scandinavian folk lore in the mid-nineteenth century). First published in 1914, this beautiful volume has been reprinted many times up to the present day... Nielsen's unique style and talent for combining the eerie and fantastic with beautiful decorative effect was at its peak with this set of illustrations" (Richard Dalby, The Golden Age of Children's Book Illustration, p. 90).

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Quarto. Original blue cloth, titles and pictorial decoration to spine and front cover in gilt, pictorial endpapers, black and gilt.


Tipped-in colour frontispiece, 24 colour plates with printed tissue-guards, with black and white illustrations to text.


Cloth fine, bright and unmarked, sporadic light foxing but generally clean internally. A very nice copy.


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