In Powder and Crinoline. Old Fairy Tales retold... illustrated by Kay Nielsen.

London: Hodder and Stoughton, [1913]. 4to, xii, 164 pp. With 26 color plates tipped in with captioned tissue guards and decorated headlines to every page and numerous drawings within the text. Original printed boards, cloth backstrip, a bit worn and loose in the binding but complete and internally very good. First trade edition. Danish artist Kay Nielsen was the son of the director of the Royal Danish Theater and after art school he was quickly recruited as a book illustrator; this was his first book and was an immediate success, leading to his second book East of the Sun and West of the Moon (1914), one of the best known illustrated books of the century. He then turned to stage design for the Danish State Theater and only illustrated three more books before moving to Hollywood where he spent four years working for Disney (his work appeared in Fantasia) and acting in small walk-on parts. He died in California in 1957. See Loker, Grolier Children’s 100, #66. (Item Id: 109952)

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