Folio edition, first print slipcased hardback of HANS ANDERSEN'S FAIRY TALES, by Hans Christian Andersen. Published by the Folio Society, London, in 1995. 16 colour plates and numerous black and white illustrations by W. Heath Robinson.
The book is in very good condition (Bound in full cloth. Set in Scotch Roman. Gilt decoration and gilt lettering on red boards and on spine with red top page ends) with a little wear (slight rubbing to gilt lettering and decoration on spine and a light moisture stain to the back board). In its original red slipcase which is in good condition with some light wear (three or four slight bumping marks, a few small light stains, slight rubbing to the corners and a one-inch split to the top edge near the corner, otherwise sturdy). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no inscriptions. There are a couple of pages with folded corners.
Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Hans Christian Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen's popularity is not limited to children; his stories—called eventyr, or "fairy-tales"—express themes that transcend age and nationality. Andersen's fairy tales, which have been translated into more than 125 languages, have become culturally embedded in the West's collective consciousness, readily accessible to children, but presenting lessons of virtue and resilience in the face of adversity for mature readers as well. They have inspired plays, ballets, and both live-action and animated films.
Hans Christian Andersen wrote his fairy tales between 1835 and 1872. The fairy tales were first published in Danish from 1835 onwards, and in English from 1846. The text of this edition is taken from a selection of the fairy tales illustrated by William Heath Robinson and published by Constable & Co. Ltd in 1913.
"Few writers can claim to have contributed to the world's store of folklore, but Hans Christian Andersen, the shy and reclusive Danish writer, was one of them. Inspired by the great tradition of The Arabian Nights and the Brothers Grimm, his magical stories continue to delight, enchant and occasionally terrify. This facsimile of the 1913 edition contain 17 of his most famous tales, including 'The Emperor's New Clothes', 'The Little Mermaid', 'The Snow Queen' and 'The Ugly Duckling'. The original illustrations by William Heath Robinson capture all the magic of the text making this the perfect way to enjoy this master storyteller.
'How splendid his Majesty looks in his new clothes! And how well they fit!' everyone cried out. 'What a design! what colours! These are indeed royal robes!' - From The Emperor's New Clothes"
Book size: 10" x 7 ½", 288 pages. Illustrated with 16 colour plates and numerous black and white illustrations. Weight in excess of 1.5KG
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Folio edition, first print slipcased hardback published by the Folio Society in 1995. 16 colour plates and numerous black and white illustrations by W. Heath Robinson