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Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen - Signed First Edition - 1924 - from E C Books and

Fairy Tales

by Hans Andersen

Condition: Good/No Jacket

London: Hodder and Stoughton Limited, 1924 A good to very good copy of the 1st edition - the 'edition du luxe' - in dark blue decorative cloth binding, signed by Kay Nielsen. With 12 tipped-in colour plates, 16 full page black and white plates and numerous designs by Nielsen. This was Nielsen's third book illustration, begun in 1912 but not published until 1924 because of the disruption caused by World War I. It is a beautiful and expensive production, but the changing market for colour plate books meant that it had to have fewer colour plates than Nielsen's earlier works. This book is number 378 of 500 printed. The blue cloth binding has bright gilt decoration and titles to the front board and spine. The front board is bright and clean with light corner and edge wear. The spine is dulled with a lot of pulling to the top and bottom, and the back board is clean but with some scuff marks and light corner and edge wear. There is a small ink spot to the bottom page edges not visible from inside the book. The contents are complete and in very good to near fine clean condition. The book is slightly shaken and there is occasional light brown spotting in the gutter and the occasional light mark elsewhere - principally to preliminaries and end leaves.
  • Bookseller: E C Books GB (GB)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 032649
  • Title: Fairy Tales
  • Author: Hans Andersen
  • Illustrator: Kay Nielsen
  • Format/binding: Decorative Cloth
  • Book condition: Used - Good
  • Jacket condition: No Jacket
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: 1st Edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton Limited
  • Place: London
  • Date published: 1924
  • Keywords: hans andersen; kay nielsen; early twentieth century gift books; fairy tales
  • Bookseller catalogs: Illustrated; Children's;
  • Size: Folio - over 12 - 15" tall


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