(Natick, MA): Picture Book Studio, (1984). Folio, original color pictorial glossy paper boards, pale green endpapers, original unclipped color pictorial dust jacket priced at $11.95. Color illustrations throughout text. Endpapers foxed.
Striking illustrated edition of this dark fairy tale, first published in Copenhagen in 1837 by the author of “The Red Shoes,” “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” and “The Little Match-Girl.” “The Little Mermaid” tells the story of a mermaid who falls in love with a human prince, sacrificing her voice and ultimately her life in an unsuccessful attempt to win his heart: “The prince used to take her out riding in the woods with him, among the green leaves. He became very fond of the dumb girl, although it never entered his head to ask her to marry him. . . . she reminded him of a lovely girl he had once seen, when he was washed up on a foreign shore.” Illustrator Chihiro Iwasaki is beloved in Japan for her depictions of children; she first illustrated a Japanese edition of The Little Mermaid in the 1960s, but produced a new series of watercolors two decades later for this English translation by Anthea Bell. A bright near-fine copy.