Hans Christian Andersen (H.C. Andersen) | First Editions
1805 - 1875
Hans Christian Andersen (2 April 1805 – 4 August 1875) was an internationally acclaimed Danish author. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. With this in mind, it is important to note that Andersen's popularity is not limited to children; his stories (called eventyr in Danish) express themes that transcend age and nationality, and remain prominent worldwide.
Andersen's fairy tales have been translated into more than 125 languages, and have become culturally embedded in the West's collective consciousness. Although readily accessible to children, Andersen's tales present lessons of virtue and resilience in the face of adversity for mature readers as well. Some of his most famous fairy tales include "The Emperor's New Clothes", "The Little Mermaid", "The Nightingale", "The Snow Queen", "The Ugly Duckling", "Thumbelina", and many more.
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London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1911. [Illustrated children's classic]. FIRST DULAC ILLUSTRATED EDITION. Quarto (29 x 23cm), pp.viii; 250; . Publisher's green cloth blocked in gilt to spine and upper board, illustrated endpapers. With twenty eight tipped in colour plates. Some light spotting to endpapers, preliminaries, and edges, a couple of...
London: Richard Bentley, 1852. [Scandinavian Travel] SECOND EDITION. Octavo (21 x 14cm), pp.iv; 324. Publisher's green blind stamped cloth, gilt titles to spine, yellow coated endpapers. All edges untrimmed. Neatly rebacked with the original cloth laid on. Textblock lightly toned throughout, some marking and a small area of loss to...
London, George G. Harrap and Co. Ltd., 1932. [Fairy tales] FIRST RACKHAM EDITION. Large octavo (25 x 19cm), pp.288. With twelve full-page coloured plates with tissue guards and many full page and in-text black and white illustrations. Publisher's russet cloth blocked in gilt, illustrated dust-wrapper in original card gift box...