De Luxe Edition, Limited to 125 Copies, Signed by Harry Clarke
CLARKE, Harry. ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen. Illustrated by Harry Clarke. London: George G. Harrap & Company , [n.d., 1916].
De luxe edition. Limited to 125 numbered copies, signed by the artist. This copy being number 42. Large quarto (11 x 7 5/8 inches; 275 x 194 mm). 319, [1] pp. Sixteen mounted color plates, twenty-four black and white plates, and ten decorative tail-pieces, mostly repeated throughout the text. Additional line drawings for the frontispiece, title-page, list of illustrations, self-portrait tail-piece, and “The Tinder-Box” title-piece.

Original vellum over boards decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt on front cover and lettered in gilt on spine. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Some minor rubbing to binding, and light foxing in text. Vellum on spine slightly wrinkled. A fine copy of this extremely scarce work.

“Mr. Clarke brings to Hans Andersen an entirely fresh interpretation, and he appeals to the intellectual emotions of art-lovers, who will find in his work satisfaction of their craving for new and unconventional treatment of themes which may never be exhausted while the spirit of life exists in art. Mr. Clarke is a craftsman who devotes to each drawing an infinity of pains which is little less than marvelous, and it is difficult to know which to admire most—his fresh conceptions or his delicate and intricate detail. The latter feature, by the way, has necessitated a very considerable amount of hand-graving upon the colour blocks, and these give, therefore, much more than the usual mechanical reproductions of the artist’s drawings” (Prospectus, quoted in Bowe on p. 40).

Bowe, p. 149, no. 2.

HBS # 68044 $7,500