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In Powder & Crinoline
London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1913. - Edition De Luxe In the Original Green Vellum Binding[NIELSEN, Kay, illustrator]. QUILLER-COUCH, Sir Arthur. In Powder & Crinoline. Old Fairy Tales Retold by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch. Illustrated by Kay Nielsen. London: Hodder & Stoughton, [n.d., 1913].Edition de Luxe. Limited to 500 copies (this copy being No. 117), numbered and signed by the artist. Large quarto (12 3/16 x 10 inches; 309 x 252 mm.). [2, limitation leaf], xii, [13]-163, [1] pp. Inserted title and twenty-six mounted color plates on gray paper. Descriptive tissue guards.Original full green vellum over boards. Front cover and spine pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Pictorial endpapers. A near fine, gilt-bright copy of this title, the spine and lower cover just very slightly faded. With the Leicester Galleries notice of Nielsen exhibition, November 22nd - Christmas 1913, laid in.Danish illustrator and designer Kay Nielsen (1886-1957) "was drawn early on to fairy tales and illustrated many volumes for Hodder & Stoughton: In Powder and Crinoline (1913), East of the Sun, West of the Moon (1914), Hans Andersen?s Fairy Tales (drawings completed in 1912, but first published in 1924), Hansel and Gretel (1925), and Red Magic (Jonathan Cape, 1930), a collections of fairy tales from around the world. Nielsen?s designs unite strong linearity with delicate colouring Characterized by a sense of two-dimensional flatness, Nielsen?s objects and people are highly stylized: foxglove blossoms hang in measured asymmetry; princes and princesses stand on improbably long legs; and their garments billow in gravity-defying parabolas. 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).Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch (1863-1944), "English critic, writer, and compiler of Cornish descent who published under the pseudonym ?Q?. Among his many anthologies, Quiller-Couch put together three collections of fairy tales. In 1895 he published Fairy Tales Far and Near Re-told, with illustrations by H.R. Millar. For his The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales from the Old French Re-told (1910), illustrated by Edmund Dulac, Quiller-Couch translated and retold tales by Charles Perrault (?Bluebeard?, ?Cinderella?, and ?Sleeping Beauty?) and Mme de Villeneuve (?Beauty and the Beast?) taken from the French Cabinet des fées (1785-9). His third collection, In Powder and Crinoline: Old Fairy Tales Retold (1913), illustrated by Kay Nielsen, includes a version of ?The Twelve Dancing Princesses?" (The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales).
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