by Hans Andersen" (1923)
Illustrated by Kay Nielsen
"Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen", as illustrated by Kay
Nielsen, was first
published in 1923 in very limited numbers to promote the Kay Nielsen
Exhibition at The Leicester Galleries in the closing months of the
year. This promotional pre-release Edition is distinguished from copies
published in 1924 (those copies traditionally
identified as First Editions) by the decoratively gilt-stamped blue cloth cover and the inclusion of
the advertising pamphlet
promoting the Exhibition at The Leicester Galleries.
The tales comprising the collection include: 'The
Tinder Box'; 'Great Claus and Little Claus'; 'The Real Princess'; 'The Hardy Tin
'The Flying Trunk'; 'Old Luk-Oie'; 'The Swineherd'; 'The Nightingale';
'The Snow Queen'; 'The Red Shoes'; 'The Shepherdess and the
Chimney-Sweeper'; 'The Shadow'; 'The Shirt Collar'; 'The Bottle-Neck';
'The Elder Tree
Mother'; and 'The Story of a Mother'.
The suite of illustrations prepared for publication by
Nielsen includes a
selection of 16 tales from Hans Christian Andersen - the 19th Century
Danish author and poet. Nielsen's images marked his
return to contributions to commissioned illustrated books following World War I and his
subsequent involvement in
the Danish theatre.
Nielsen provided a range of illustrations for "Fairy
Tales by Hans Andersen" including: colour illustration prepared with integrated formal and
informal borders (each of the borders for every image was
unique and the informal borders were produced in a style reminiscent of mille
full-page woodblocks; and marginal illustrations.