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RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); ANDERSEN, Hans.
Fairy Tales.
Philadelphia: David McKay Company,, 1932. Scarce with both the dust jacket and box intact Quarto. Original red cloth, spine and front board lettered and decorated in gilt, pink and white pictorial endpapers, top edge gilt. With the dust jacket, housed in the publisher's pictorial box. Colour frontispiece, vignette title page, 11 colour plates with captioned tissue guards, black and white in-text illustrations, by Rackham. Loss to head of dust jacket spine and a few tiny nicks to extremities, some tape repairs and very minor spotting to jacket verso; cardboard box a little scuffed and worn with a few tape repairs to joints; a very good copy. First US trade edition, first printing, published the same year as the London edition published by Harrap and identical in every point except for the inclusion of the publisher's box, which is unique to the US edition. This edition is scarce with both the dust jacket and box intact, and it has been historically "one of the most difficult of Rackham's books to buy" (Hudson p. 134). Considered to be some of his finest work, "Rackham's illustrations to Grimm, Hans Andersen or Poe show him at his most imaginative and observant of human nature" (Hamilton p. 11). When the Observer invited Hugh Walpole to choose the best picture-book of 1932, he awarded the accolade "without hesitation to Rackham's Hans Andersen... He has risen nobly to his subject. He has acquired a new tenderness and grace. His fantasy is stronger than ever" (Hudson, p. 133-4). The stories include "The Snow Queen", "The Little Match Girl", "The Ugly Duckling", "The Tinder-Bo … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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