Andersen’s Fairy Tales
by Hans Christian Anderson
translated by H. W. Dulcken
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ILLUSTRATED WITH 10 COLOR PLATES &
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Publisher: David Mckay Company, Philadelphia
Copyright: Not dated, early 1900’s
Hans Christian Andersen often referred to in Scandinavia as H. C. Andersen was a Danish author. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen’s popularity is not limited to children; his stories, called eventyr in Danish, or “fairy-tales” in English, express themes that transcend age and nationality.
Andersen’s fairy tales, which have been translated into more than 125 languages have become culturally embedded in the West’s collective consciousness, readily accessible to children, but presenting lessons of virtue and resilience in the face of adversity for mature readers as well. Some of his most famous fairy tales include “The Little Mermaid”, “The Snow Queen”, “The Ugly Duckling”, “The Nightingale”, “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and many more. His stories have inspired plays, ballets, and both live-action and animated films.
Condition: This book is in fair condition. Decorative printed board cover depicting The Wild Swans tale in red, yellow and blue. Front and back covers show wear and have rubbed and worn on edges. Spine joint has separated half way down to the cover. Corners bumped. Spine shows signs of fading. Head and tails of spine are rubbed. Interior hinges are cracked. Frontispiece and title pages are loose along with endpapers in the front. Crash is showing and cover has separated from binding. This can be fixed with some binder’s glue. Book has moisture marks along bottom of the pages and toward the back slight moisture staining can be seen on top. The moisture stains do not affect legibility. Text block is quite nice with many color illustrations. Inside back cover there is a penciled in note.