First edition one of the earliest collections of Andersen's fairy tales to be translated into English.
Very good plus.
"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
About a decade after Andersen's first children's stories in Danish, the English-speaking world was finally introduced to them in 1846. The translator of this volume, Charles Boner, was responsible for two of the first four English collections of Andersen's works in that year; according to Osborne, this book actually appeared as the fifth and final English translation of 1846 (though dated 1847, as common for titles published for the December Christmas rush – we have handled at least one copy with an 1846 Christmas inscription). Historian Jack Zipes suggests the translations of Andersen's stories were a turning point for the English fairy tale; they "guaranteed the legitimacy of the literary fairy tale for middle-class audiences. From this point on, the fairy tale flowered in many different forms and colors and expanded its social discourse." This collection contains the first English translations of "The Snow Queen," "The Shoes of Fortune," "The Red Shoes," and more. An unusually nice copy.
Read more: Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books: 1476-1910, 581; Muir, English Children's Books, 1600-1900, 52.
London: Chapman and Hall, 1847 [i.e. 1846]. 6.75'' x 4.25''. Original full blue cloth, elaborate blind-stamped borders to boards, central gilt vignette on front board, elaborately gilt-stamped spine. Yellow endpapers, top and fore-edge uncut. Illustrated with four tinted lithographs after Otto Speckter and black-and-white wood engravings throughout. Publisher's catalogue at rear. Translated by Charles Boner. , 168, 32 pages. Housed in a custom blue cloth clamshell box with blue goatskin spine label. Top margin of title page neatly excised, apparently to remove a signature. Lithographs a bit foxed. Spine lightly sunned, bumping to spine extremities and corners, a few spots of soiling to cloth.
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