Scarce First Trade Edition of “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”
NIELSEN, Kay. ASBJÖRNSEN, Peter Christen. East of the Sun and West of the Moon. Old Tales from the North. Illustrated by Kay Nielsen. London: Hodder & Stoughton , [n.d., 1914].
First trade edition. Large quarto (11 x 8 5/8 inches; 279 x 221 mm). [2], 206, [1, printer’s imprint], [1, blank] pp. Twenty-five mounted color plates, with descriptive tissue guards. Numerous black and white text illustrations.

Original dark blue cloth decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt on front cover and spine. Pictorial endpapers in gold and black. Minimal wear to extremities and spine edges. Some very light dust soiling to top and bottom edge. Small circular bookplate to verso of front free endpaper. Some minor wrinkling to the cloth on the spine. A very good copy of this scarce first trade edition.

“As is noted in the preface to East of the Sun and West of the Moon, these folktales from the works of Asbjörnsen and Moe are by no means for the nursery. The Danish artist Nielsen, being thoroughly at home with the narrative tradition that they represent, was well equipped to present their strangeness and cruelty, as well as their humor and heroism. Though his drawings are highly decorative, they are nonetheless true illustrations. The contrast between Nielsen’s bizarre style, filled with echoes of nineties illustrators...and his primitive subject matter greatly enhances the piquancy of the book” (Ray).

Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England, 333.

HBS # 67841 $3,250