London: Hodder and Stoughton, n.d. [c.1913]. FIRST EDITION. Quarto, pp.; 164. With 24 mounted colour plates, including a frontispiece, each with a captioned tissue guard. In publisher's quarter grey cloth with gilt titles to spine and red titles to grey decorated paper-covered boards. Top edge gilt; illustrated endpapers. Some light spotting and light outer wear; very good indeed. A novel collection of Fairy Tales proposed by the illustrator Kay Nielson, who wanted to illustrate fanciful tales from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, but found little obvious material from the latter period. The novelist and critic Quiller-Couch was therefore recruited to assemble this interesting mix of stories, drawn from several different traditions. Inevitably, powdered wigs and beauty spots abound in the illustrations for titles including 'Minon-Minette', 'The Man Who Never Laughed', and 'The Czarina's Violet'. Item #47957
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