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1911 - Hodder & Stoughton, London - Edition de Luxe, limited to Seven Hundred and Fifty copies signed by the Artist, and numbered, of which this is No. 686
A near fine example of the large [32 x 27.5 cm], sumptuous, vellum-bound, Limited Edition de Luxe, signed and exquisitely illustrated by Edmund Dulac with twenty eight tipped-in colour plates,

Dulac’s mixture of humour, menace, grace and depth of colour blend wonderfully with these seven classic fairy tales by Hans Andersen: -
The Snow Queen; The Nightingale; The Real Princess (Princess and the Pea); The Garden of Paradise; The Mermaid; The Emperor’s New Clothes; The Wind’s Tale. 
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Price HK$ 23,000



The Maker of Fairy Tales - and - Fairy Tales - Hans Christian Andersen. Fritz Kredel (illustrator)

1942 - The Limited Editions Club, New York - Limited edition of 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-Rivière, and illustrated by Fritz Kredel with hand-coloured drawings and sketches. 
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Price HK$ 19,000



Household Tales and Traditions of England, Germany, France, Scotland, &c. &c. - James Burns

Circa 1845 - Edward Lumley, London - First Edition, and First English Edition of Little Red Riding Hood
Rare and only edition of this collection of 52 fairy tales, which contains the first English translation of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ by the Brothers Grimm (Sutton, Little Red Riding Hood, Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, 1994 (83).

The bulk of the tales are from the Brothers Grimm, and are enhanced by in-text illustrations and vignettes.

Part of the Burns Fireside Library Series. No further editions seem to have been published. Date of publication based upon its announcement in
The Spectator magazine of December 1845, and the references, listed in more detail below. 
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Price HK$ 6,000



The Sleeping Beauty - together with - Cinderella. - C. S. Evans, Arthur Rackham (illustrator)

1919 - William Heinemann, London - First Rackham Illustrated Editions
Once upon a time...

A finely bound set of these two large and magically illustrated works, housed in a custom made slipcase.

The decorations and silhouette illustrations are in both black and white and in colour, adding a simple yet mystical air to these two classical fairy tales.
 
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Price HK$ 12,000



The Ingoldsby Legends, or Mirth & Marvels - Thomas Ingoldsby, Arthur Rackham (illustrator)

1930 - J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London - Reprint (first published 1898)
The immensely popular 19th century collection of myths, legends, and ghost stories, purportedly written by Thomas Ingoldsby of Tappington Manor, but actually composed by English clergyman R.H. Barham.

Best remembered for their quaint narratives and their comic and grotesque treatment of medieval tales, this edition wonderfully illustrated by Arthur Rackham with 12 full page colour plates, along with numerous black and white full page and in-text illustrations.
 
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Price HK$ 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 - 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



East of the Sun and West of the Moon - Old Tales From the North - Kay Nielsen, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, Jørgen Engebretsen Moe

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.
 
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Price HK$ 120,000



 
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