TITLE: East of the Sun and West of the Moon
SUBTITLE: Old Tales from the North
AUTHOR: Peter Christen Asbjornsen and Jorgen Moe with illustrations by Kay Nielsen
PUBLISHER: Hodder and Stoughton
EDITION: First trade edition of this illustrated classic
NO.OF PAGES: 206 including 25 tipped-in colour plates and in-text illustrations by Kay Nielsen on extra stock paper mounted under captioned tissue guards; illustrated title page and 34 line drawings and chapter heading devices.
BINDING: Original blue cloth with gilt lettering and design, pictorial endpapers with striking decorated black and gold design. Engraved and Printed by Henry Stone & Son, Ltd., Banbury.
Height: 29 cm
Width: 23 cm
Depth: 4 cm
"Nielsen was a brilliant colourist 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. Nielsen's unique style and talent for combining the eerie and fantastic was at its peak with this set of beautiful decorative 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, p. 90).
This lot will be sold in "as is" condition.
There may be some minor tears/creases scratches, or holes commensurate with age that may not be visible in the images.
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