THE LITTLE MERMAID, BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED BY ACCLAIMED AMERICAN ILLUSTRATOR DOROTHY LATHROP, 1939
(LATHROP, Dorothy P.) ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. The Little Mermaid. New York: Macmillan, 1939. Quarto, original blue cloth, pictorial endpapers, original dust jacket. $2200.
Scarce first edition of Andersen's beloved tale to feature Caldecott-winning American illustrator Dorothy Lathrop's lovely illustrations, many in color, in original pictorial dust jacket.
Acclaimed children's book illustrator Dorothy P. Lathrop originally became a teacher before undertaking studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Art Students League in New York City. "Lathrop was awarded the first Randolph Caldecott Medal in 1938 as the illustrator of the most distinguished picture book published in the United States" (New York Times). This work reflects her complete mastery of several media. "Her output was prodigious, even staggering. What makes this all the more impressive is the variety of media in which she worked: pen and ink, oil, watercolor, gouache, colored pencil, graphite, woodcut, wood engraving, lithographic pencil, and lithographic crayon. Each medium has its own exacting demand, and she mastered them all" (Anne Roberts, Flora, Fauna & Fantasy: The Art of Dorothy Lathrop). The Little Mermaid was first published as part of a collection of stories in 1837; this is the first edition to be illustrated by Lathrop.
Book about-fine, with a bit of foxing to endpapers, gilt bright. Bright dust jacket extremely good, with a bit of soiling mainly to rear panel and shallow chipping to spine ends. Scarce.