Stockholm: Ahlen & Akerlunds, 1921. First edition. Original color pictorial wrappers with an additional color illustration on the front wrapper and another illustration printed in brown on the back wrapper. Small quarto (7 5/8 x 7 1/8 inches; 193 x 181 mm.). Ten full-page color plates and 4 black and white illustrations. A near fine copy of a very scarce Tenggren title.
A collection of tales with drawings of. G.A. Tenggren, who in 1913 received a scholarship to study painting at Valand, the art school in Gothenburg, Sweden. Tenggren's early schooling and artistic influences were solidly grounded in Scandinavian techniques, motifs and myths; he worked with illustrating in the popular Swedish folklore and fairy tales annual Among Gnomes and Trolls, where he succeeded the illustrator John Bauer. After his first exhibition in 1920, Tenggren left Sweden and moved to Cleveland, Ohio, in the United States, where his sister lived, and from there, in 1922, to New York City. By 1923, he was illustrating children's book during the heyday of illustrated books by illustrators such as Arthur Rackham and Kay Nielsen. (Item #3792)