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FAIRY TALES By Hans Christian Andersen

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FAIRY TALES By Hans Christian Andersen

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Superb facsimile of the original and scarce 1916 edition. Highly Recommended. By Hans Christian Andersen. Art by Harry Clarke. This beautifully designed treasury gathers Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved fairy tales in a gilt-stamped, hardcover volume, abundantly illustrated with full-color and black-and-white images by Golden Age master Harry Clarke. Offering such classics as "The Snow Queen," "The Nightingale," and "The Wild Swan," this masterful collection showcases Clarke's peerless artistry as he highlights the mythic and uncanny qualities of Andersen's timeless stories.This was Clarke's first illustrated book.

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This beautifully designed treasury gathers Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved fairy tales in a gilt-stamped, hardcover volume, abundantly illustrated with full-color and black-and-white images by Golden Age master Harry Clarke. Offering such classics as "The Snow Queen," "The Nightingale," and "The Wild Swan," this masterful collection showcases Clarke's peerless artistry as he highlights the mythic and uncanny qualities of Andersen's timeless stories.This was Clarke's first illustrated book.

The intricate black and white plates show the influence of Aubrey Beardsley, but most people today far prefer Clarke's macabre and more detailed work to his predessesor. Clarke went far beyond Beardsley, and in fact influenced the work of John Austen and others. His most famous illustrated book, Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allen Poe, was published just three years later. It has often been considered the most widely reprinted book of the period, and is still in print today.

Clarke was a master of the unusual, the dark and mysterious, the exotic and even erotic. His images shocked and tantalized readers. This particular edition came along smack in the middle of the first world war, and as a result did not sell nearly as well as his next works, the Poe and Faust. Today this is one of the least common and most sought-after of the Harry Clarke titles.

It's amazing how many illustrations are here, and how good they are. I find the black and whites to be the most fascinating. This edition is beautifully bound in powder blue cloth, with a two-color plate embossed onto the cover, plus decorative art and hand-lettered titles printed in a darker blue. This stunning book will be a welcome addition to any discerning library. I count 41 black and white and full color plates, and this doesn't unclude all the wonderful chapter headings and smaller vignettes.

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Item Code FATAHH
Publisher Calla
Publish Date 2017
ISBN 9781606600603
Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket
Dimensions 7x10
# Pages 320pg
Color Text/Partial Color
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