I thought I was going to have to run to the library every other day to find material. That's even more hilarious than my dismal old photos! Here we are, five years later, and I've come to realize that I probably won't have enough time in my life to show everything that I really want to show! I'll be here until I'm 80, I guess is what I'm saying. I'm going to be the awesomest book blogging granny that ever there was.
'Andersen's Fairy Tales', (as in Mr. Hans Christian), and I realized that I had never fully realized how flipping incredible the art in this particular edition was!
The art was done by Arthur Szyk (how do you sayyyyyyyyyy that????) and it blows my MIND. I'll get back to it in a second. I want to give some links real quick, because I was worried that I might not be able to direct you to a copy that you could have for your very own, if you wanted. But while I don't see this exact copy, you can find used vintage copies here and here, and also a reprint that looks awesome HERE.
Same artist, same translators. (Mrs. E.V. Lucas and Mrs. H.B. Paull - I love that they're addressed as Mrs., see up above? Hilarious, no?)
My book is on its way to antique status - it's well over fifty years old - it was my dad's when he was a little boy, and I can only imagine what this thing looked like brand spanking new. It must have been glowing in its intensity, color-wise.
read more about his career here. His style is fascinating - I found many of the illustrations to be both beautiful and ferociously strong in coloring, while at the same time possessing a slightly disturbing tone/element - some of the faces have a caricature-ish tendency that distorts the facial features in a way that makes you look twice and think, what's going on here?
The stories are a sampling of Hans Christian Andersen's collection - not everything is included in this set, but there are favorites like 'The Red Shoes', 'Little Tiny' (aka Thumbelina), 'The Snow Queen', 'The Nightingale', 'The Swineherd', 'The Emperor's New Clothes', as well as 'The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf', 'Little Ida's Flowers' and 'Hans Clodhopper', in addition to quite a few others.