Illustrated Books - Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen illustrated by Kay Nielsen
  • Illustrated Books - Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen illustrated by Kay Nielsen
  • Illustrated Books - Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen illustrated by Kay Nielsen
  • Illustrated Books - Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen illustrated by Kay Nielsen
  • Illustrated Books - Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen illustrated by Kay Nielsen
  • Illustrated Books - Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen illustrated by Kay Nielsen
  • Illustrated Books - Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen illustrated by Kay Nielsen
  • Illustrated Books - Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen illustrated by Kay Nielsen
  • Illustrated Books - Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen illustrated by Kay Nielsen
  • Illustrated Books - Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen illustrated by Kay Nielsen
  • Illustrated Books - Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen illustrated by Kay Nielsen
  • Illustrated Books - Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen illustrated by Kay Nielsen
  • Illustrated Books - Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen illustrated by Kay Nielsen

Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen illustrated by Kay Nielsen

€1,000.00

Nielsen, Kay, illustrator; ANDERSEN, Hans Christian

Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen.

London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1924.

First trade edition, first impression. Quarto (22.5 x 29 cm), 197 pp. Original green cloth in imitation of moiré silk, spine and front cover lettered and decorated in gilt, decorative endpapers. Pictorial end-papers. 12 mounted colour plates including frontispiece, captioned tissue guards, full-page illustrations, decorations and initial letters throughout after line drawings by Kay Nielsen.

Rear hinge very lightly stretched at the top, otherwise a bright, tight and fine copy.

"Though Dulac only indirectly used Art Nouveau, Kay Nielsen, the Danish artist, combined the bizarre side of the movement and its exquisite motifs, as used by Beardsley, with oriental influences in pattern and decoration. Like Dulac, Nielsen also designed stage sets and costumes, and this theatrical interest showed itself in his book illustration in exotic, stage-like settings and the use of symbolism. Nielsen also chose the fairy tale as the vehicle for his elaborate talents" (Walley & Chester, A History of Children's Book Illustration, 1988, p.156).

 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). 

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