"Red Magic" (1930) was the final illustrated book to
include commissioned contributions from Kay Nielsen.
It is a collection of 20 fairy-tales compiled by Florence Roma Muir Wilson
who was known by the literary pseudonym of Romer Wilson.
In addition to
compiling the collection, Wilson also contributes through her
Introduction which is an informal discussion on the question of the
origin of Dragons.
The tales collected by Wilson in this title include:
'The Reward of Virtue'; 'The Story of the Three Bears'; 'Bluebeard'; 'Rich Peter the Pedlar';
'Hawk and Mole'; 'A Child's
Dream of a Star'; 'Bean Flower and Pea Blossom'; 'The Country Mouse and the Town Mouse';
Princess Silver-Silk'; 'The Bear and the Hunter's Stepson'; 'At the Door'; 'The Six Swans';
'The Enchanted Hind'; 'Mrs
'Bel and the Dragon'; 'St George and the Dragon'; 'The Dragon of Wantley';
'The Chimæra'; 'Bash-Chalek; or, True Steel'; and 'Aladdin and the
Comment within "The International Studio" (Vol. 101, 1931)
provides an insight into the contemporary reception that Nielsen's suite
It is a pleasure to see a child's book of fairy tales in
which conception, selection, illustration
and typographical rendering makes such a harmonious whole ...
[t]he line illustrations both
embellish and illustrate the themes in a manner intelligible
and acceptable to children
without once stopping to saccharine fancy, while the 8 colour
plates have a delightful
freshness and cleanness.