Early omnibus version of Charles Boner's two translations of Andersen fairy tales published in 1846, and one of the scarcest of the early editions in English.
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TALES FROM DENMARK
"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 three of the first five English collections of Andersen's works in that year: THE DANISH STORY BOOK and THE NIGHTINGALE AND OTHER STORIES, both published by Joseph Cundall; and THE SHOES OF FORTUNE, published by Chapman and Hall. In the following year Boner released this compendium of his first two collections, which includes 21 English translations of many of Andersen's greatest stories, such as "The Ugly Duck," "The Little Mermaid," "The Princess and the Peas," and "The Emperor's New Clothes." Apparently unauthorized by the publisher (see Mylius), this 1847 version appears as scarce as its predecessors.
Read more: Muir, English Children's Books, 1600-1900, 52; Mylius, The Life of Hans Christian Andersen Day by Day.
London: Joseph Cundall, 1847. Octavo. 6.75'' x 4.5''. Original printed pictorial paper boards rebacked with 20th-century paper spine. Illustrated with 8 tinted lithographs after Franz Graf von Pocci and black-and-white wood engravings throughout. Corners and boards moderately rubbed; plates mildly foxed but interior otherwise crisp and bright.
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