London: George Allen, 1893. First thus. One of 300 large paper copies printed on handmade paper. Finely bound by Bayntun in half morocco over cloth, with gilt to spines. Top edges brightly gilt. Marbled endpapers. A touch of sunning to spines and top edges of boards; in all bright, pleasing, and square. The slightest offsetting from the frontis to volume II; paper repairs to outer margins of 159-160 and 331-332 of volume I not affecting text. Otherwise internally fresh and unmarked.
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. The present collection boasts some of Hans Christian Andersen's most memorable and oft-adapted stories, including The Little Mermaid, The Little Match Girl, Thumbelina, The Ugly Duckling, and The Princess and the Pea. Fine (Item #4459)