Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen. Arthur RACKHAM, Hans Christian ANDERSEN.
Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen
Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen
Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen
Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen
Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen
Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen

Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen

London [Philadelphia]: George G. Harrap [David McKay], 1932. Item #03804

First American Trade Edition of Arthur Rackham's Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales

[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. London: George G. Harrap, 1932. [i.e., Philadelphia: David McKay].

First American trade edition with David McKay at foot of spine.

Large octavo (9 1/2 x 7 3/16 inches; 241 x 184 mm). 287, [1] pp. Twelve full-page color illustrations with captioned tissue-guards and fifty-nine black and white drawings.

Publisher's rose red cloth, front cover and spine pictorially stamped in gilt, pink and white pictorial end-papers.
Engraved bookplate on front paste-down, ink inscription on top margin of half-title, spine faded, preliminary leaves a little foxed, otherwise an excellent copy. Front portion of original color pictorial dust jacket loosely inserted.

"The Observer invited Hugh Walpole to chose the best picture-book of 1932. 'I give the prize without hesitation to Rackham's Hans Andersen,' Walpole replied. 'He has risen nobly to his subject. He has acquired a new tenderness and grace. His fantasy is stronger than ever.' Twenty-five years after its publication, the Hans Andersen had become one of the most difficult of Rackham's books to buy second-hand" (Hudson, Arthur Rackham His Life and Work, p. 133-34).

Latimore and Haskell, p. 68. Riall, p. 177.

Price: $325.00