East Of The Sun And West Of The Moon. Old Tales From The North. Dublin: Little Oak Fine Bindings, 2020. Facsimile Edition. Bound in half red morocco, pictorial Portuguese cork boards; spine with raised bands, compartments embellished in gilt, green title labels lettered in gilt. All edges in gilt. Housed in collector's solander box.
A beautiful gift edition of this classic, reproducing twenty-five plates in colour and numerous drawings in monochrome by Kay Nielsen, a young Danish artist who had studied in Paris before moving to England in 1911. This facsimile edition by Little Oak Fine Bindings is is unique and hand bound to the highest craftsmanship.
Originally printed in London in 1914, Nielsen's 'East of the Sun and West of the Moon' was one of finest examples to emerge from the Golden Age of British book illustration. It saw a number of reprints over the years and decades. The compendium consists of fifteen fairy tales gathered by the Norwegian folklorists Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Engebretsen Moe on their journeys across mid nineteenth-century Norway. Translated into English by George Webbe Dasent the stories, populated by witches, trolls, ogres, sly foxes, mysterious bears, beautiful princesses and shy country lads turned heroes, were praised by Jacob Grimm for having a freshness and a fullness that "surpasses nearly all others."