London: Hodder and Stoughton, (1911). Quarto, measuring 12 x 10 inches: , viii, 250, . Original full vellum, front board and spine lettered and stamped in gilt with design by Dulac, ties renewed, olive-patterned pictorial endpapers, top edge gilt, all other edges uncut. Limitation page signed by Dulac before frontispiece, title page printed in olive and black. Frontispiece and 27 full-page color plates tipped onto pages with frames printed in olive; text also framed in olive, with ornamental headpieces and tailpieces. Light soiling to vellum; a number of pages marked with faint traces of flowers once pressed inside the book. Housed in custom blue cloth clamshell box with red morocco spine label.
Signed limited first edition, number 389 of 750 copies signed by illustrator Edmund Dulac. With the exception of the folktales recorded by the Brothers Grimm, no European fairy tales have been more influential than those of Danish-born storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. Among the tales included here are “The Snow Queen,” “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” and “The Real Princess,” better known as “The Princess and the Pea:” “Nobody but a real princess could have such a delicate skin.” Dulac’s characteristically saturated images feature stylistic nods to Chinese and Japanese art; his illustrations for “The Little Mermaid” are particularly celebrated. A very good copy of a classic Golden Age gift book.