London [Philadelphia]: George G. Harrap [David McKay], 1932. First American Trade Edition of Arthur Rackham's Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. London: George G. Harrap, 1932. [i.e., Philadelphia: David McKay].First American trade edition with David McKay at foot of spine.Large octavo (9 1/2 x 7 3/16 inches; 241 x 184 mm). 287,  pp. Twelve full-page color illustrations with captioned tissue-guards and fifty-nine black and white drawings. Publisher's rose red cloth, front cover and spine pictorially stamped in gilt, pink and white pictorial end-papers. Engraved bookplate on front paste-down, ink inscription on top margin of half-title, spine faded, preliminary leaves a little foxed, otherwise an excellent copy. Front portion of original color pictorial dust jacket loosely inserted."The Observer invited Hugh Walpole to chose the best picture-book of 1932. 'I give the prize without hesitation to Rackham's Hans Andersen,' Walpole replied. 'He has risen nobly to his subject. He has acquired a new tenderness and grace. His fantasy is stronger than ever.' Twenty-five years after its publication, the Hans Andersen had become one of the most difficult of Rackham's books to buy second-hand" (Hudson, Arthur Athur Rackham His Life and Work, p. 133-34).Latimore and Haskell, p. 68. Riall, p. 177.
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