London: Hodder and Stoughton, . Single volume, measuring 11.75 x 9.5 inches: , 276. Publisher’s full white pictorial cloth, front board stamped in gilt and blue with design by Nielsen, spine decorated in gilt and blue, top edge gilt, patterned red and gilt endpapers designed by Nielsen. Limitation page signed by Nielsen, followed by half title. Title page printed in red and black. Frontispiece and eleven full-page tipped-in color illustrations with printed tissue guards, twelve full-page black-and-white illustrations, and historiated initials printed in red and black. Light soiling to cloth, spine toned and spotted. Housed in custom blue cloth clamshell box with red morocco spine label.
Signed limited first edition of Kay Nielsen’s illustrated tales from the Brothers Grimm, number 12 of 600 copies. Danish-born Nielsen was one of the most popular artists of the Golden Age of Illustration, creating dynamic new interpretations of classic works for the flourishing gift-book market of the early twentieth century. His distinctive style, often flat and minimalist, nevertheless creates depth through his unexpected use of color and playful attention to texture. Publishers Hodder and Stoughton open this collection with “Hansel and Gretel,” accompanied by Nielsen’s eerie depiction of the children approaching the candy cottage; other classic fairy tales included are “Rumpelstiltskin,” “Rapunzel,” and “Snowdrop,” the inspiration for Snow White. A beautiful, near-fine copy.