Stories and Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen; Translated by H. Oskar Sommer. With 100 Pictures by Arthur J. Gaskin

One of 300 Large Paper Copies on Handmade Paper
Bound by the Doves Bindery
Illustrated by Kelmscott Press's Arthur Gaskin

ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. Stories and Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen. Translated by H. Oskar Sommer. With 100 Pictures by Arthur J. Gaskin. London: George Allen, 1893.

One of 300 Large Paper Copies printed on hand-made paper. Two quarto volumes (9 3/4 x 7 5/16 in; 248 x 186 mm). [Ten binder's blanks], xi, [1, blank], 398, [10, binder's blanks]; [10, binder's blanks], xii, 426, [10, binder's blanks] pp. Initials. One hundred black and white illustrations, many full page, including frontispieces and extra illustrated title pages.

Bound in full, crushed midnight green Levant morocco by T. Cobden-Sanderson's The Doves Bindery (stamp-signed and dated, 1894, to rear dentelles) for Harriette F. Armour (stamp-signed to front dentelles). Raised bands. Spine labels. All edges gilt, with gauffered borders. Dentelles with triple rules and floral devices at corners. Gilt rolled edges. Near invisible work to spine heads. A fine and handsome set.

Arthur Joseph Gaskin (1862 – 1928) was an English illustrator, painter, teacher and designer of jewellery and enamelwork.
Gaskin was a member of the Birmingham Group of Artist-Craftsmen, which sought to apply the principles of the Arts and Crafts movement across the decorative arts. Like many of the group, Gaskin studied at the Birmingham School of Art under Edward R. Taylor and later taught there. Gaskin worked as a decorative artist from 1890, producing woodcut illustrations for William Morris's Kelmscott Press, and painted in tempera after receiving instruction from his friend Joseph Southall at Southall's studio in Edgbaston. Item #01729

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