London: Hodder & Stoughton, . First trade edition. Large quarto (10 5/8 x 8 1/4 inches; 269 x 210 mm.). Bound by Bayntun ca. 1960 in three quarter green morocco over green cloth boards ruled in gilt, spine with five raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, top edge gilt, marbled end-papers. Small splits at top of joints, but still perfectly sound. Mounted color frontispiece, with descriptive tissue guard printed in black, and twenty-seven mounted color plates (included in pagination). Plates framed with thick pale green line border and accompanied by guard leaves printed in pale green with stylized pineapples on the recto and a border of snowflakes above descriptive caption on the verso. Text pages with pale green snowflake borders at top and bottom. All leaves framed with double pale green lines. A very attractive and beautifully illustrated book.
During his lifetime, Hans Christian Andersen, whose every fairy tale has become a classic, was second only to Charles Dickens as the most popular author in the Western world. Here, some of his most memorable tales receive the artistic attention of Edmund Dulac, bringing characters to life for readers.
Hughey 27b. (Item #3612)