“NIELSEN’S MOST SPECTACULAR AND CELEBRATED BOOK”
(NIELSEN, Kay) ASBJORNSEN, Peter Christen and MOE, Jorgen. East of the Sun and West of the Moon. [London]: Hodder and Stoughton, . Large quarto, original gilt-decorated blue cloth, pictorial endpapers.
First trade edition of this illustrated classic, with 25 superb tipped-in color plates and in-text illustrations by Kay Nielsen.
“Nielsen was a brilliant colorist and a highly decorative illustrator, able to introduce images that were sometimes strikingly fantastic… By general consent, Nielsen’s most spectacular and celebrated book is East of the Sun and West of the Moon, old tales from the North, translated from the Norwegian of Peter C. Asbjornsen and Jorgen Moe (devoted collectors of Scandinavian folk lore in the mid-19th century)… Nielsen’s unique style and talent for combining the eerie and fantastic with beautiful decorative effect was at its peak with this set of illustrations. Drawing in pen and ink, enhanced by watercolour, with an immaculate technique, Nielsen’s beautiful books were always embellished with his designs for endpapers, frieze-like patterns, initial letters, and other decorative motifs” (Dalby, 90). Published in the same year as the signed limited edition of 500 copies. Christmas gift tag affixed to front pastedown.
Plates and text clean and fine, cloth only slightly rubbed, gilt bright. A lovely copy in very nearly fine condition.