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. [Children's Illustrated] SIGNED LIMITED EDITION. Quarto (32 x 26cm), pp.viii; 250 . With 28 colour plates illustrated by Dulac, including a frontispiece. An out-of-series copy numbered 0000, from a series numbered officially at 750 copies thus, SIGNED by the illustrator in black ink to the.....
London: Strand Publications, no date [circa 1938]. [Pop-Up Fairy Tales] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (22 x 18cm), pp.. With four colour-illustrated pop-up scenes, a colour frontispiece and vignette title page, and several line-drawn illustrations, all by Wickham, and design and arrangement by Giraud. Publisher's colour illustrated paper-covered boards, with endpapers illustrated.....
London, George G. Harrap and Co. Ltd., 1932. [Fairy tales] FIRST RACKHAM EDITION, SIGNED LIMITED deluxe issue. Large octavo (26 x 19cm), pp.288. SIGNED by Rackham to the limitation page. With twelve full-page coloured plates with tissue guards and many full page and in-text black and white illustrations. Publisher's gilt-stamped.....