Fairy Tales.London: Hodder and Stoughton,  Stock Code: 115524
Kay Nielsen's superb edition of Hans AndersenFirst trade edition, first impression, of one of the most beautiful editions of Andersen's fairy tales, work for which Nielsen had begun in 1912. "Though Dulac only indirectly used Art Nouveau, Kay Nielsen, the Danish artist, combined the bizarre side of the movement and its exquisite motifs, as used by Beardsley, with oriental influences in pattern and decoration. Like Dulac, Nielsen also designed stage sets and costumes, and this theatrical interest showed itself in his book illustration in exotic, stage-like settings and the use of symbolism. Nielsen also chose the fairy tale as the vehicle for his elaborate talents" (Walley & Chester, A History of Children's Book Illustration, 1988, p.156).
Quarto. Original green cloth in imitation of moiré silk, spine and front cover lettered and decorated in gilt, decorative endpapers. With dust jacket. Housed in a contemporary custom-made slipcase.
Colour frontispiece and 11 mounted colour plates (with captioned tissue guards), full-page illustrations, decorations and initial letters throughout from line drawings by Kay Nielsen.
Jacket spine toned, some soiling, nicks, chips and tears (a few old tape repairs on verso), extremities of spine lightly sunned. An excellent copy.
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