First edition. Large paper edition, limited to 300 copies printed on hand-made paper specially produced for this work. Two volumes. Large 8vo. Publisher's original beige buckram with gilt illustration and titles to the upper boards and titles in gilt to the spines. Page edges untrimmed. Title pages printed in red and black. Additional pictorial frontispiece to each volume. Illustrated with 100 black and white drawings printed in wood-block (including some full-page) and numerous illuminated capitals by Arthur Gaskin. A very good set, the bindings square and firm with a little toning to the spines. The contents with toning to the endpapers are otherwise wonderfully clean and bright throughout and remain free from any previous owners' inscriptions or stamps. An excellent set.
A superbly illustrated edition of Andersen's tales designed by the Arts and Crafts movement artist and illustrator Arthur Gaskin (1862-1928). A key member of the Birmingham Group of Artist-Craftsmen, Gaskin worked for a time producing woodcut illustrations for William Morris's Kelmscott Press, although spent the majority of his career producing his own illustrated books, along with jewellery and enamelwork, in collaboration with his wife, the designer and illustrator Georgie Gaskin. The present set forms one of Gaskin's greatest achievements in book production, containing around 100 meticulously executed woodcuts, imbued with the characteristic style of the Birmingham School, with the influences of Morris and Burne-Jones particularly apparent.
Stock code: 19985