The Maker of Fairy Tales - with - Fairy Tales - Hans Christian Andersen, Fritz Kredel (illustrator)

1942 - The Limited Editions Club, New York - First Kredel Edition, Limited to 1500 copies, of which this is no. 294, signed by Jean Hersholt and Fritz Kredel
A sumptuous two volume collection, containing twenty nine of Andersen’s beloved fairy tales, including such favourites as The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, The Princess and the Pea, and The Emperor’s New Clothes, together with Denmark's Ugly Duckling - the story of Hans Christian Andersen.

The
Thirteen Stories by Andersen, and correspondence offering a fascinating insight into his life, thoughts and career.

Beautifully bound by Bayntun-Riviere, and illustrated by Fritz Kredel with hand-coloured drawings and sketches.
 
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Price HK$ 19,000



Edmund Dulac's Fairy-Book - Fairy Tales of the Allied Nations - Edmund Dulac

1916 - Hodder & Stoughton, London - First Trade Edition
A finely bound first edition of Dulac’s large and beautifully illustrated ‘Fairy-Book’, with thirteen tipped-in colour plates.

‘The tales of this book, both written and illustrated by Dulac, were drawn from the folklore of Russia, England, Flanders, Belgium, Italy, France, Ireland, Serbia and Japan. Dulac was able to employ the full scope of his versatility in creating a national mood in each illustration. During this period of his work, Dulac had immersed himself in the artistic traditions of folklore.

He was partly stimulated by his friendship with Yeats (whose interest in Celtic folklore was legendary) and partly awakened to ethnic themes by his 1913 cruise through the eastern Mediterranean. Also at this time he was influenced by his encounters with the Russian-born designer Léon Bakst and Bakst's stage work for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes’ – Ann Hughey,
Edmund Dulac - His Book Illustrations. 
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The Ingoldsby Legends or Mirth and Madness - Thomas Ingoldsby

1870 - Richard Bentley, London - Eighteenth Edition
Two finely bound full calf volumes illustrated with engraved title pages, nineteen engraved plates and one in-text engraving, as well as numerous vignettes.

The immensely popular nineteenth century collection of myths, legends, and ghost stories, purportedly written by Thomas Ingoldsby of Tappington Manor, but actually composed by English clergyman Richard Harris Barham (1788-1845), who also served as a cardinal at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Best remembered for their quaint narratives and their comic and grotesque treatment of medieval tales.
 
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Price HK$ 1,900



1910 - William Heinemann, London - Early Impression (6th)
Whoever has made a voyage up the Hudson must remember the Kaatskill Mountains...’

A beautiful rendition of ‘Rip Van Winkle’ in which the story is first told in words, and then retold again through the imaginative fantasy land of Arthur Rackham’s 51 colour plates.

The plates are on green card, 50 have descriptive tissue guard, and the extra plate, an extension of the illustration ‘
These fairy mountains’ is shown on the verso of sheet three at the rear. 
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Price HK$ 2,000



1925 - Hodder and Stoughton, London - First Nielsen Edition, Number 70 of 600 limited copies, signed by the artist
‘Once upon a time there dwelt near a large wood a poor woodcutter with his wife and two children by his former marriage, a little boy named Hansel, and a girl named Gretel.’

A superb example of this large, limited edition of Grimm fairy tales, illustrated with twelve stunning mounted colour plates and numerous black and white drawings by Kay Nielsen, and signed by the artist on the limitation page, accompanied by the publisher’s somewhat worn slipcase.

Together with ‘
Hansel and Gretel’, this marvellous collection also includes the stories ‘The Six Swans’, ‘The Fisherman and His Wife’, ‘Snowdrop’, ‘Clever Alice’, ‘The Valiant Little Tailor’, ‘Rapunzel’, ‘The Three Magic Gifts’, ‘The Golden Goose’, and ‘Rumpelstiltskin’, among others. 
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Price HK$ 35,000



1913 - Hodder and Stoughton, London - First Edition
An elegantly bound magical collection of seventeen children fairy stories, including ‘The Bird of Shadows and the Sun-Bird’; ‘The Adventurous Life of an Acorn-Fairy’; ‘The Box of Dreams’; and ‘The Sea-Fairy and the Land-Fairy’.

Enhanced by eight of Dulac’s most beautiful illustrations tipped on to beige decorated card, each with a lettered tissue guard.
 
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Price HK$ 5,500