Title: Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
Author: Hans Christian Andersen, Harry Clarke (illus)
Publisher: George Harrap & Company, London, 1916. First Harry Clarke edition, very very rare.
Condition: Hardcover, decorative cloth. Exterior is rather worn and soiled, interior is very good, firmly bound. With incredible tipped in colour plates and monochrome illustrations by Harry Clarke.
Harry Clarke’s first book as illustrator, and considered by many to be his finest hour. Strange, disturbing, beautiful images.
About the Author (from wikipedia):
Hans Christian Andersen (1805 – 1875) was a Danish author. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen’s popularity is not limited to children; his stories, called eventyr in Danish, or “fairy-tales” in English, 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. Some of his most famous fairy tales include “The Little Mermaid”, “The Snow Queen”, “The Ugly Duckling”, “The Nightingale”, “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and many more. His stories have inspired plays, ballets, and both live-action and animated films.
About the illustrator (from wikipedia):
Harry Clarke (17 March 1889 – 6 January 1931) was an Irish stained-glass artist and book illustrator. Born in Dublin, he was a leading figure in the Irish Arts and Crafts Movement.