First book edition in English of BILLEDBOG UDEN BILLEDER, Andersen's collection of tales in which the moon recounts stories to a lonely artist.
A PICTURE-BOOK WITHOUT PICTURES
"The earliest collections in Danish are of the utmost rarity; and the English translations in 1846 and 1847 are almost as rare." – Percy Horace Muir
Andersen's autobiography reveals that the artist visited by the moon in these stories is based upon himself: "I hired a little garret; it is described in the Fiddler; and in The Picture Book without Pictures, people may see that I often received there visits from the moon." First published in Danish in 1839, this edition was translated by Meta Taylor following Mary Howitt's individual translations in THE PEOPLE'S JOURNAL. A beautiful copy, with the elaborately decorated cloth rarely found in this condition.
Read more: Andersen, The True Story of My Life; Muir, English Children's Books, 1600-1900, 52.
London: David Bogue, 1847. Octavo. 7'' x 4.5''. Original full light green pictorial cloth, elaborately stamped in gilt and blue. Light yellow endpapers. Translated by Meta Taylor. vi, 88 pages. Leighton and Son binder's ticket on rear pastedown. A bit of bubbling to rear board, spine toned, some very light rubbing to cloth, front hinge starting but firm. Text block uniformly toned.
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