New York: Atheneum, 1979. Octavo, original pale blue pictorial cloth stamped in black, pink pictorial endpapers, original unclipped color pictorial dust jacket. Illustrated title page, sixteen full-page color plates, black and white illustrations throughout text.
First American edition of this collection of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales, chosen by one of the great children’s illustrators of the twentieth century. In a series of sixteen color plates, Edward Ardizzone brings to life some of Andersen’s best known stories, including “The Snow Queen,” “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” “The Little Mermaid,” “The Princess and the Pea,” and “Thumbelina”: “She sat herself on the bird’s back, placed her little feet on its outstretched wings, tied her ribbon fast to one of its strongest feathers and the swallow flew off high in the air, over forests and lakes, over high, ever snow-capped mountains.” Best known for his own Little Tim series, Ardizzone also illustrated the works of a number of classic authors, including Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, J.M. Barrie, Grahame Greene, and Dylan Thomas. A bright fine copy.