New York: George H. Doran, 1923. Item #04747
The First Abridged Edition of Kay Nielsen's "In Powder and Crinoline"
The Twelve Dancing Princesses - Fine in the Original Dust Jacket and Box
NIELSEN, Kay, illustrator. QUILLER-COUCH, Sir Arthur. The Twelve Dancing Princesses and other Fairy Tales Retold by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch. Illustrated by Kay Nielsen. New York: George H. Doran Comapny, .
First edition thus. Octavo. 8 15/16 x 6 1/8 inches; 227 x 152 mm.). [i-xviii] 19-244, [2, blank] pp. Sixteen tipped in color illustrations. Pictorial title-page and many black & white line drawings and headpieces.
Publishers light blue bead-grain cloth, front cover pictorially decorated and titled in gilt, smooth spine lettered in gilt, pictorial endpapers printed in blue. A very fine copy in the original blue printed dust jacket and the original cardboard box with pictorial gold paper label on top and printed label on side. The book is in near mint and untouched condition, the jacket is also near mint with the exception of the front panel and part of the spine being minimally faded, the box has been expertly and almost invisibly strengthened. Certainly the finest copy that we have seen.
This first abridged version of In Powder and Crinoline (first published in 1913) contains six of the seven tales - the only one not included is The Czarina's Violet. Sixteen of the original twenty-three tipped in color illustrations for the six tales are used in this edition.
Danish illustrator and designer Kay Nielsen (1886-1957) “was drawn early on to fairy tales and illustrated many volumes for Hodder & Stoughton: In Powder and Crinoline (1913), East of the Sun, West of the Moon (1914), Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales (drawings completed in 1912, but first published in 1924), Hansel and Gretel (1925), and Red Magic (Jonathan Cape, 1930), a collections of fairy tales from around the world. Nielsen’s designs unite strong linearity with delicate colouring…Characterized by a sense of two-dimensional flatness, Nielsen’s objects and people are highly stylized: foxglove blossoms hang in measured asymmetry; princes and princesses stand on improbably long legs; and their garments billow in gravity-defying parabolas. The power of his illustrations lies in his uncanny ability to retrieve a story’s emotional effect on its reader and to recreate it visually in two dimensions” (The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales).
Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch (1863-1944), “English critic, writer, and compiler of Cornish descent who published under the pseudonym ‘Q’. Among his many anthologies, Quiller-Couch put together three collections of fairy tales. In 1895 he published Fairy Tales Far and Near Re-told, with illustrations by H.R. Millar. For his The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales from the Old French Re-told (1910), illustrated by Edmund Dulac, Quiller-Couch translated and retold tales by Charles Perrault (‘Bluebeard’, ‘Cinderella’, and ‘Sleeping Beauty’) and Mme de Villeneuve (‘Beauty and the Beast’) taken from the French Cabinet des fées (1785-9). His third collection, In Powder and Crinoline: Old Fairy Tales Retold (1913), illustrated by Kay Nielsen, includes a version of ‘The Twelve Dancing Princesses’” (The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales).
The Fairy Tales:
Felicia or The Pot of Pinks
The Twelve Dancing Princesses
Rosanie or The Inconstant Prince
The Man Who Never Laughed
John and the Ghosts.