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Nielsen, Kay
Fleur de Neige
Paris: L Edition d Art, [c. 1925]. Limited to 2,400 numbered copies. Original tan pictorial wrappers. Large quarto. [4, blank], 117, [1], [1, printer‚s imprint], [5, blank] pp. Twelve mounted color plates, with tissue guards. Title printed in red and black within decorative border in black and gray, thirteen head-piece vignettes, twelve large decorative initials in black and gray, and twelve decorative tail-pieces, all specially designed for this edition by Pierre Courtois. Text within triple lilac rule. Translated by Ch. Guyot. A fine copy. Contains twelve of the twenty-two fairy tales in the English edition: Fleur-de-Neige (Snowdrop), Hansel et Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Cerise ou La Grenouille Mariée (Cherry, or The Frog Bride), Le Pêcheur et sa Femme (The Fisherman and His Wife), Rose-d‚Épine (Rosebud), La Gardeuse d‚Oies (The Goose Girl), Noir-de-Fumée (Catskin), Saute-Menu (Rumpelstiltskin), Le Vaillant Petit Tailleur (The Valiant Little Tailor), Les Cygnes Blancs (The Six Swans), Le Genévrier (The Juniper Tree), and Les Deux Frères (The Two Brothers). This edition contains the same twelve color plates as the English edition, but not the ten black and white plates. However, it does contain decorative title border, head- and tail-piece vignettes, and initials not found in the English edition. A lovely example of Nielsen's work, "therein the power of his illustrations lies in his uncanny ability to retrieve a story's emotional effect on its reader and to recreate it visually in two dimensions" (The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales).
Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books [USA]

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