New York: George H. Doran Company, . First Thus. Publishers light blue bead-grain cloth, front cover pictorially decorated and titled in gilt, smooth spine lettered in gilt, pictorial endpapers printed in blue. A very fine copy in the original blue printed dust jacket and the original cardboard box with pictorial gold paper label on top and printed label on side. The book is in near mint and untouched condition, the jacket is also near mint with the exception of the front panel and part of the spine being minimally faded, the box has been expertly and almost invisibly strengthened. Collating [i-xviii] 19-244, [2, blank] with sixteen tipped in color illustrations. Pictorial title-page and many black & white line drawings and headpieces. Certainly the finest copy that we have seen.
This first abridged version of In Powder and Crinoline (first published in 1913) contains six of the seven tales - the only one not included is The Czarina's Violet. Sixteen of the original twenty-three tipped in color illustrations for the six tales are used in this edition. Danish illustrator and designer Kay Nielsen (1886-1957) “was drawn early on to fairy tales and illustrated many volumes for Hodder & Stoughton...Nielsen’s designs unite strong linearity with delicate colouring…Characterized by a sense of two-dimensional flatness, Nielsen’s objects and people are highly stylized: foxglove blossoms hang in measured asymmetry; princes and princesses stand on improbably long legs; and their garments billow in gravity-defying parabolas. The power of his illustrations lies in his uncanny ability to retrieve a story’s emotional effect on its reader and to recreate it visually in two dimensions” (The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales). (Item #3681)