Rare signed limited edition, in original slipcase, of one of Hans Christian Andersen’s best-loved fairy tales, with 48 wonderful Art Deco plates by the American artists Katharine Beverley and Elizabeth Ellender.
Publisher’s cloth-backed boards, silver and black designs to upper board, silver lettering and decorations to spine, top edges silver, other edges untrimmed, pictorial endpapers printed in red and black, 48 full-page illustrations in red and black (all blank to reverse), title-page vignette, 209 pages plus prelims. Approximate size (excluding slipcase) 23 x 16.4 cm. Slipcase with silver paper over card, and with red and black pictorial title onlay.
Limited edition, 1929, signed by the artists.
Printed on special all-rag paper, and specially bound.
Number 15 of 200 numbered copies.
Published by E. P. Dutton & Co., New York.
Beverley and Ellender’s Deco-style drawings for ‘The Snow Queen’ are very much of their own period, but also feature the elongated, flowing lines of Art Nouveau, with influences from Aubrey Beardsley, and from Beardsley followers such as Harry Clarke. The artists exploit the two-colour process to striking effect, while their bold use of empty space heightens the drama of the images, with stark contrasts of black and white as in the drawings of W. Heath Robinson.
Writing of ‘The Snow Queen’ in 1929, the publishers note: “There have been many editions of the delightful fairy-tales of the well-loved Danish master, but none so beautiful as this … The artists have an extraordinarily intense feeling for the text which has resulted in the same warm, flowing motion, strangely mingled with the wide bleakness of the North that characterizes Andersen’s poetic prose.”
The duo’s artistic partnership was short-lived, their only other known collaboration being a (very modest) Mother Goose songbook in the 1930s. On her own, Ellender illustrated the 1930 fantasy ‘Kurly Kew and The Tree-Princess’, by the redoubtable Nell Shipman, so-called First Lady of Canadian Cinema.
A remarkable work, exceptionally hard to find in the limited edition, with its print run of just 200 copies. I can see no other example currently for sale online.
In seven parts: The Mirror and Fragments – A Little Boy and a Little Girl – The Flower Garden of the Woman who Could Conjure – The Prince and Princess – The Little Robber Girl – The Lapland Woman and the Finland Woman – The Snow Queen’s Castle and What Happened There at Last.
Contents bright, very clean overall. No owner inscriptions. A few small marks and smudges, usual slight offsetting from plates, nick to front endpaper hinge, untrimmed edges with usual bumping, creasing, nicks and wear. Thirteen pairs of leaves roughly opened, with tears and ragged edges (seven pairs heavily affected; see photos for examples). Silver top edges bright. Binding tight. Boards and spine as shown; some paper loss to board edges and corners (from chafing against slipcase), slight rubbing to spine lettering.
Slipcase solid, but with wear to corners and edges, a few small tears. Surface with soiling, scratching, scuffing, rubbing, discoloration and marks as shown.
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- Aantal boeken
- Geïllustreerd, Kinderboeken, Literatuur
- Auteur/ Illustrator
- Hans Andersen / Beverley & Ellender
- The Snow Queen. Signed, limited edition
- Publicatiejaar oudste item
- Eerste druk
- Oorspronkelijke taal
- E. P. Dutton & Co. Inc., New York City
- Harde kaft
- Beperkte oplage, Genummerde uitgave, Gesigneerd door illustrator, Met slipcase
- Aantal pagina‘s.
- 23×16,4 cm