London: Hodder and Stoughton, no date [circa 1924]. [Norse Mythology] FINELY ILLUSTRATED, a later edition of Nielsen's illustrations. Quarto (24 x 18cm), pp.284. With 24 fine chromolithographic plates by Nielsen tipped in, including a frontispiece. Publisher's yellow cloth with black titles to spine and upper board, and a black and blue design blocked to upper board. Top edge yellow. Ownership to flyleaf dated 1925. Light occasional spotting, heavier to edges and endpapers. Rubbing and marks to cloth; some stains to top edge. Very good. Kay Nielsen, along with Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac is considered one of the triumvirate of classic 'great' illustrators from the Edwardian 'Golden Age' of illustration and gift book design. Influenced by the modern style of Beardsley, Burne-Jones and an influx of Japanese art that was spreading to the West, the books Neilsen illustrated were unmistakable from those of his contemporaries. His first book, Quiller Couch's 'In Powder and Crinoline' (1913) was a a distinctively 20th century book that Nielsen made his own. This was followed by 'East of The Sun and West of the Moon' (1914), arguably his masterpiece, comprising fifteen Nordic tales (written by Gudrun Thorne-Thomsen) which Nielsen also appropriated, through his striking compositions and use of colour. Item #53086
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