London: George G. Harrap & Co., 1932. Item #03887
Signed Limited Edition of Rackham’s Andersen Illustrations
[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. ANDERSEN, Hans [Christian]. Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. London: George G. Harrap & Co., .
Deluxe edition. Limited to 525 numbered copies signed by the artist (of which this is number 496).
Quarto (10 3/8 x 7 7/8 inches; 263 x 200 mm.). 287,  pp. Twelve color plates, with descriptive tissue guards, and fifty-nine drawings in black and white. Title printed in reddish brown and black.
Original vellum over boards with front cover ruled and lettered in gilt and spine ruled, lettered, and pictorially stamped in gilt. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Peach and white pictorial endpapers. Some very slight rubbing to top and bottom of spine, vellum very slightly toned, small 'scratch' to vellum surface of front board, otherwise an excellent copy.
"While in Copenhagen on a recent visit I had the good fortune to meet a lady who in her childhood --- her very early childhood it must have been --- had listened, unsuspected by the author, to Andersen himself reading for the first time some of his own newly written stories. While he read she sat on the floor under the table, silent as a mouse, hidden from Andersen's view by the tablecloth --- a little scene illustrating his well-known reluctance to be treated chiefly as a writer for children, but also providing a subject in which, had he known it, he would have found just such another incident as he had so often turned to account for one more of his immortal children's stories." (Introduction by Arthur Rackham).
"The Observer invited Hugh Walpole to choose 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.'...(Derek Hudson, Arthur Rackham His Life and Work. pp. 133, 134).
The fairy tales in this volume include: "The Ugly Duckling", "The Shepherdess and the Chimney-Sweep", "The Swineherd", "The Steadfast Tin Soldier", "Old Luköje", "The Tinder-Box", "Thumbelina", "The Princess and the Pea", "The Little Match Girl", "The Little Mermaid", The Emperor's New Clothes" and others.
Latimore and Haskell, p. 68. Riall, p. 177.