Friday, February 24, 2012

Andersen's Fairy Tales Illustrated by Arthur Szyk 1945

This is a gorgeously illustrated version of Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales. A year ago I was fascinated by the miniature paintings and illuminations done by Arthur Szyk. Well, this book is filled with illustrations by Szyk. It has ten wonderful color illustrations and dozens of black and white ones as well. He brings to life the stories. The Little Tiny lady is precious. The Marsh King's Daughter is beautiful. The emperor in The Nightingale is sad. The king and queen in Little Ida's Flower garden are royal indeed.

This special edition was published by Grosset & Dunlap in 1945. See my earlier post about Arthur Szyk to view other fabulous artwork.

1 comment :

  1. I was given this book -- I had many of the G&D editions, including all the Alcott -- for my 9th birthday in 1960. I took it outside to read under a tree on a lawn chair when the palm of my left hand was stung by a wasp. Screaming with pain, and with a hitherto undiagnosed bee allergy, my hand was badly swollen and my parents took me to an ER.
    It turned into a very rainy day, and the book was all warped when I remembered it, but we were able to salvage it. A few years ago I bought the 2004 reprint. The Szyk images always made me sad as a child, but I grew to love all his work later when I was getting my MA in kid lit, and I was astonished to learn that he had been a political cartoonist in Europe. Thank you for bringing these exquisite and moving illustrations to the attention of your followers.


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