Bland Tomtar Och Troll
Illustrator: Gustav Tenggren
[TENGGREN, Gustav]. Bland Tomtar Och Troll. En Samling Sagor. Med Teckningar av Gustav Tenggren. [Stockholm: Åhlén & Åkerlunds Förlags A. B., 1918]. Small 4to, 64pp. Cream boards stamped in gilt with color pictorial paper label affixed to front. 12 tipped-in color plates and some smaller b&w decorations. Slight soiling to boards, else a fine copy in original pictorial dust jacket (light edge wear, some slight soiling, a couple of small chips and several tears, the longest being 2”, with most mended on the inside of the jacket with tape that has not caused any discoloration). Rare.
First edition. The first issue of Bland Tomtar Och Troll illustrated solely by Gustaf Tenggren, produced shortly after the death of John Bauer, the first illustrator of these anthologies of Swedish folklore and fairy tales. Most copies of Bland Tomtar Och Troll were done in the smaller, roughly 8” tall trim size and with the plates printed on integral sheets, while this is a rare example of one of the few we have ever seen in this larger (nearly 11”), more luxurious trim size with all the plates hand tipped. Tenggren’s art is superb!