NIELSEN, Kay (illus.)

East of the Sun and West of the Moon.

London: Hodder and Stoughton, [1914] Stock Code: 79481
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First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the illustrator on the verso of the front free endpaper, "To Miss Bernadine Murphy with my kindest regards, Kay Nielsen, April 1947". Loosely inserted is a one-page autograph letter signed by Nielsen to the book's owner and dated October 10, 1948. Nielsen thanks Murphy for what seems to have been her attempt to find him work as an art teacher. "It was a charming act of yours to mention my name and talk about me as a teacher of art. It would have been wonderful if such arrangements could have been made - but already at that time we were about to leave", as he and his wife had been "trying to arrange our return to Denmark to join Ulla's mother. It has taken a lot of effort". Nielsen had been living in the US since 1936 and working for, among others, the Walt Disney animation studio. His finances became precarious during this period, and he and his wife received much help from friends. It seems that Murphy was one of these long-time friends and admirers: a gift inscription indicates that the book was given to her by a friend in 1914 and kept long enough to be signed by the author when she met him in the 1940s.

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Quarto. Original blue cloth, titles and pictorial decoration to spine and front board gilt, pictorial endpapers.


Tipped-in colour frontispiece and 24 plates with printed tissue-guards.


Contemporary gift inscription to front blank. Lightly rubbed at extremities with some minor scuffs to the lower board and spotting to edges of text block.


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