New York: Brentano's, 1916. Item #04571
Scarce First American Trade Edition
[CLARKE, Harry, illustrator]. ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen. Illustrated by Harry Clarke. New York: Brentano's, [n.d., 1916].
First American trade edition. Quarto (11 x 7 5/8 inches; 280 x 194 mm.). 319,  pp. Sixteen mounted color plates (all but frontispiece with captioned tissue guards), twenty-four black and white plates, and ten decorative tail-pieces, mostly repeated throughout the text. Additional line drawings for the frontispiece, title-page, list of illustrations, self-portrait tail-piece, and “The Tinder-Box” title-piece.
Original gray cloth, covers and spine pictorially stamped in black. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Minimal darkening to spine, partially unopened and a few leaves poorly opened, but only affecting blank margins. Neat ink presentation dated Christmas 1916 on front paste-down. A very good copy of a scarce title.
“Mr. Clarke brings to Hans Andersen an entirely fresh interpretation, and he appeals to the intellectual emotions of art-lovers, who will find in his work satisfaction of their craving for new and unconventional treatment of themes which may never be exhausted while the spirit of life exists in art. Mr. Clarke is a craftsman who devotes to each drawing an infinity of pains which is little less than marvelous, and it is difficult to know which to admire most—his fresh conceptions or his delicate and intricate detail. The latter feature, by the way, has necessitated a very considerable amount of hand-graving upon the colour blocks, and these give, therefore, much more than the usual mechanical reproductions of the artist’s drawings” (Prospectus, quoted in Bowe on p. 40).
Bowe, p. 149, no. 2.