The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen (Taschen)

The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen (Taschen)


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The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen presents the most famous Andersen stories, including classics such as The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling and The Princess and the Pea in a highly esteemed 1942 translation by Jean Hersholt. The book contains a sparkling and unexpected selection of beautiful artwork from the 1900s to the 1980s by legends of fantasy — the deeply influential Kay Nielsen and beloved Arthur Rackham, the distinctive talents of Swedish luminary Einar Nerman and the revered Czech visionary Josef Palecek, the eccentric Tom Seidmann-Freud (niece of Sigmund Freud), and the groundbreaking film animator Lotte Reiniger, as well as exciting, newly discovered talents. It also features historic and contemporary silhouettes, which enrich the presentation of Andersen’s tales in a one-of-a-kind format and make this a fresh addition to children’s libraries as well as adult art book collections. In addition to the tales and illustrations, the compilation also contains an introduction to Andersen’s legacy, brief historical introductions to each fairy tale, and extended artists’ biographies in the appendix. For adults and children alike, this lovingly researched and designed edition shares the eternal magic of Andersen’s tales, celebrating these tender, heartfelt stories that have entered both our collective imagination and literary cannon.

  • Brings together the most famous Hans Christian Andersen tales in a one-of-a-kind design
  • Features illustrations by famous artists from Austria, Britain, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, the Ukraine, and the United States in a unique format pairing one tale with one artist
  • Includes a highly-esteemed translation by Jean Hersholt accessible to readers of all ages
  • Contains dozens of all-new silhouettes specially commissioned for the book and well as vintage gems by fine artists

Following 23 fairy tales are featured in the book:
The Princess and the Pea, The Nightingale, The Swineherd, The Old Man is Always Right, The Little Mermaid, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Darning Needle, Twelve by Mail, The Brave Tin Soldier, The Snow Queen, The Flea and the Professor, Thumbelina, The Sweethearts, Ole Lukoie, Five Peas in a Pod, The Ugly Duckling, Little Ida’s Flowers, The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep, The Flying Trunk, The Little Match Girl, The Tinderbox, The Pen and Inkstand, and The Farmyard Cock and the Weathercock

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783836526753
Publisher: Taschen America, LLC
Publication date: 11/15/2013
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 233,778
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

The author:
Hans Christian Andersen was born on April 2, 1805 in Odense, Denmark, a day that has since become known as International Children’s Book Day. An only child with a voracious imagination and creative streak, Andersen was nurtured in his education by his father as well as several key sponsors. Andersen wrote novels, poems, and 168 tales, many of which have become international classics. By the end of his life, Andersen’s tales had made him famous, and he was deemed a “national treasure” by the Danish government.

The editor:
TASCHEN editor Noel Daniel graduated from Princeton University, and studied in Berlin on a Fulbright Scholarship. She received a master’s in London and was the director of a photography art gallery before becoming a book editor. Her TASCHEN books include The Circus 1870–1950 (2008), Magic 1400s–1950s (2009), and two illustrated volumes of fairy tales: The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (2011) and The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen (2013).

Date of Birth:

April 2, 1805

Date of Death:

August 4, 1875

Place of Birth:

Odense, Denmark

Place of Death:

Copenhagen, Denmark

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HowCurios More than 1 year ago
This book is very beautiful. The images inside are absolutely beautiful and the stories stick to the original text. Definitely a must buy Instagram: @howcurios