East of the Sun and West of the Moon - Old Tales From the North -
1914 - Hodder & Stoughton, London - First Edition, Number 24 of 500 Deluxe copies.
A beautiful example of one of the twentieth centuries finest illustrated books, in the large stunning deluxe vellum binding, decorated in blue and gilt, numbered and signed by the Danish illustrator Kay Nielsen.
‘For I have a step-mother who has bewitched me, so that I am a White Bear by day, and a Man by night’
‘She lives in a Castle which stands East of the Sun and West of the Moon, and there, too, is a Princess, with a nose three ells long.’
The marvellous collection of fifteen Norwegian folk tales ‘Norske Folkeeventyr’ gathered by legendary Norwegian folklorists Peter Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe on their journeys across Norway in the mid-nineteenth century, and translated into English, perfectly enhanced by Nielsen’s spectacular artwork, which is presented on twenty-five tipped in colour plates, twenty-two black and white illustrations, numerous decorations, borders, and gilt and black illustrated endpapers.