Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen. London: George Harrap & Co., . First Edition. Original pictorial grey cloth boards with vingette illustration of 'The Snow Queen' ornate title & butterfly motif to upper cover & spine. Covers lightly browned, light spotting to prelimnary leaves otherwise contents bright & clean. Housed in custom made slipcase.
Sixteen mounted colour plates tipped-in on Japanese vellum, title page design and twenty-five vignettes.
The first trade edition of Clarke's decorative interpretation of Andersen's tales. This was Clarke's first book and he was happy to be paid for his artistry. Clarke's drawings offer a genuine view of the Andersen's tales but seen through his special and highly unusual view of the world. A striking work. [Steenson A.1a].