New York: George H. Doran Company, 1925. Item #04045
Limited to 600 Copies
Signed and Numbered by the Artist
In a Wonderful Multi-Colored Inlaid Binding by The Chelsea Bindery
NIELSEN, Kay (artist). GRIMM, Jacob and Wilhelm. Hansel and Gretel and Other Stories by the Brothers Grimm. New York: George H. Doran Company, .
American signed limited edition, comprised of 600 copies numbered and signed by the artist, this being copy no. 317. Large quarto (11 13/16 x 9 5/8 inches; 300 x 246 mm). , 275, , [4, blank] pp. Twelve mounted color plates, with descriptive tissue guards. Ten black and white plates (included in pagination). Title and initials letters printed in red and black.
Handsomely bound by The Chelsea Bindery (stamp-signed on front turn-in) in full black crushed levant morocco, covers ruled in gilt, spine with five raised bands, bordered and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt board edges, decorative gilt turn-ins, plum end-papers (original decorative end-papers preserved), top edge gilt, others uncut. The front cover with a superb multi-colored morocco design replicating the color plate facing page eight "They saw that the cottage was made of bread and cakes." illustrating the story of Hansel Gretel. A very fine copy.
“In an attempt to reinvigorate the market for gift books after the war, Hodder & Stoughton resumed the publishing of Kay Nielsen’s books, though on a more modest scale. In 1924 they published a work that Nielsen had begun in 1912, Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales, including sixteen stories illustrated with twelve watercolors. Nielsen returned to London, and in 1925 his final book for Hodder & Stoughton, Hansel and Gretel, appeared with twelve color plates” (Susan E. Meyer, A Treasury of the Great Children’s Book Illustrators, p. 206).
Larkin, p. 13.