Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen. London: George Harrap & Co., . First Edition. Sixteen mounted colour plates tipped-in on Japanese vellum, title page design and twenty-five vignettes. Rebound by Bayntun-Riviere in full crushed dark blue morocco, raised bands ruled in gilt, gilt motiffs to compartments, titles to 2nd and 4th. Butterfly image embossed to centre of upper cover. Top edge gilt, pages uncut, contents in fine condition. A lovely copy handsomely bound. The first trade edition of Clarke's decorative interpretation of Andersen's tales. There is a brightness and energy to these pictures that may have derived from the fact that this was Clarke's first book and he was happy to be paid for his artistry. Clarke has offered a genuine view of the Andersen's tales but seen through his special and highly unusual view of the world. Striking work. [Steenson A.1a].