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Aug 05, 2012
Approximately US $417.47(including shipping)
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GBP 11.89 (approx. US $17.60) Royal Mail International Standard (Small Packets) | See details
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Like New: A book that looks new but has been read. Cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket (if ... Read moreabout the condition
|Special Attributes:||1st Edition|
|Fiction Type:||Fantasy||Date of Publication:||1929|
|Title:||The Snow Queen||Sub-Subject:||Fairy Tales|
|Illustrator:||Katharine Beverley, Elizabeth Ellender||Printing Year:||1900-1949|
First Beverley/Ellender trade edition
* One of only two copies currently for sale worldwide *
Hardback, publisher’s original red cloth with gilt lettering and decorations to upper board and spine, top edges trimmed, other edges uncut, pictorial endpapers printed in red and black, 48 full-page illustrations printed in red and black (all with blank reverse), title-page vignette, 209 pages plus prelims. Approximate size 9.1 x 6.4 inches (23 x 16.4 cm). Printed in America.
First trade edition.
(Also published in a limited edition of 200 copies, signed by the artists.)
This uncommon version of one of Hans Andersen’s best-known fairy tales includes 48 superb two-colour plates by Katharine Beverley and Elizabeth Ellender.
Little information is to be had on these two artists, save that they also illustrated a Mother Goose songbook in the 1930s. Their drawings for The Snow Queen are very much in Art Deco style, but also feature the elongated, flowing lines of Art Nouveau, with apparent influences from various Golden Age artists, particularly Harry Clarke, Aubrey Beardsley and Kay Nielsen (note, for example, the Clarke-esque endpapers and floral decorations, and the grotesque, Clarke-like monster figures towards the end of the book). Beverley and Ellender exploit the two-tone process to striking effect, while their clever use of empty space, both negative and positive (as in the drawings of W. Heath Robinson), serves wonderfully to heighten the drama of the images.
The publishers wrote of The Snow Queen in 1929: “There have been many editions of the delightful fairy-tales of the well-loved Danish master, but none so beautiful as this … The artists have an extraordinarily intense feeling for the text which has resulted in the same warm, flowing motion, strangely mingled with the wide bleakness of the North that characterizes Andersen’s poetic prose.”
Beverley and Ellender’s Snow Queen is particularly scarce. I can locate only one other example of the trade edition currently for sale worldwide (priced at £500/$750).
A beautiful book.
Contents in seven parts: First Story: Which Treats of the Mirror and Fragments; A Little Boy and a Little Girl; The Flower Garden of the Woman who Could Conjure; The Prince and Princess; The Little Robber Girl; The Lapland Woman and the Finland Woman; and (Seventh Story) Of the Snow Queen’s Castle and What Happened There at Last.
One of several illustrated books I am listing this week.
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Binding photographed (above) and scanned (below).
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Below: spread with heaviest staining
Below: example of the pages with
Below: the plate with chipping
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