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Nielsen Kay, illus.]
EAST OF THE SUN AND WEST OF THE MOON: Old Tales From the North
London Hodder and Stroughton [1914]. First edition. The best of the various issues of the first editions. Illustrated with 25 beautiful tipped-in color plates by Kay Nielsen, each with captioned tissue guards, as well as numerous detailed black and white illustrations also by Nielsen throughout the text. 4to, publisher’s original navy blue cloth with gilt lettering and elaborate pictorial decorations on the spine and upper cover, and with decorative illustrated endleaves printed in black and gilt. 206 pp. A bright and clean copy of this rare book, the blue cloth rich and unfaded with vivid gilt, with only a bit of shelving at the tips and edges, the colour plates are all very fine and are truly fine impressions, the inevitable foxing to a few of the leaves at the front and rear and scattered very lightly throughout. AN IMPORTANT AND SCARCE FIRST EDITION OF NIELSEN’S BEST BOOK. Fifteen old Norwegian folk-tales from Asbjornsen and Moe’s ‘Norske Folkeeventyr’, have been selected and magnificently portrayed by Nielson. Only his second book commission, this collection of paintings earned him enormous public recognition and equal standing with Dulac and Rackham as a leading children’s book illustrator. Here, in its larger format, we are offered the luxury of viewing all 25 illustrations with utter clarity. "In these elegant paintings, he combined qualities of Oriental design with those unique features of his native Scandinavia: The melancholic mystery of a bleak Nordic twilight seemed to cast a magical spell on the images themselves. If it were not for the outbreak of war that ye … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Buddenbrooks, Inc. [Newburyport, MA, U.S.A.]
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