East of the Sun and West of the Moon
Author: Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Engebretsen Moe
Illustrator: Kay Nielsen
[NIELSEN, Kay]. East of the Sun and West of the Moon. Old Tales from the North. Illustrated by Kay Nielsen. London: Hodder and Stoughton (ca. 1930). 8vo, 285pp. Yellow boards pictorially stamped in black and light blue. 24 Hand-tipped color plates with printed captions and numerous smaller b&w illustrations. Spine ends lightly rubbed, corners bumped, lightly rubbed and soiled, 3/8” clean tear at head of spine, endpapers lightly aged, else an internally clean, tight copy.
Early 1930’s edition. First published in 1914, East of the Sun and West of the Moon is a celebrated collection of fifteen fairy tales, gathered by legendary Norwegian folklorists Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Engebretsen Moe on their journeys across Norway in the mid-nineteenth century. Nielsen’s illustrated edition of Asbjørnsen and Moe’s tales is considered a jewel of early 20th-century children's literature, highly sought-after by art and book collectors worldwide.