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
Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen

Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen

London: George G. Harrap, 1932. Item #04359

First English American Trade Edition
Near Mint in the Original Dust Jacket and Box

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

First English/American trade edition, with Harrap imprint to title page and dust jacket but with McKay imprint to tail of cloth spine.

Large octavo (9 5/8 x 7 1/4 inches; 244 x 184 mm.). 287, [1] pp. Twelve full-page color illustrations with captioned tissue-guards and fifty-nine black and white drawings. Pink and white pictorial end-papers.

Publisher's rose red cloth, pictorially stamped in gilt on front cover and spine, top edge gilt. Spine with MacKay imprint. A very fine copy in the original fine color pictorial (price-clipped and with one clean 3/4 inch tear at top of spine) dust jacket with "Harrap" at foot of spine, in turn housed in the fine original publisher's box with a full color illustration laid on.

Although this is clearly the first English trade edition the cloth binding is a previously unrecorded variant with the U.S. (David McKay) stamp at the foot of the spine.

The British and US printings were identical, both printed by R. & R. Clark, Ltd., Edinburgh, although the American issue is 1/8 inch shorter than the British issue.

"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: $1,450.00