HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN. FAIRY TALES. ILLUSTRATED BY TWELVE LARGE DESIGNS IN COLOUR BY E.V.B.  (Eleanor Vere Boyle)Newly translated by  H.L.D. Ward and Augusta Plesner.
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[3], 94 pages with two pages of publisher's adverts at the end. Complete with 12 bright colour wood-engraved frontispiece and plates, signed "Leighton Bros.", with protective printed interleaves. Plates have very slightly offset to verso of printed guards. Wood-engraved initial letters and printer's ornaments. Contents: The Wild Swans, The Ugly Duckling, The Fellow Traveller, The Little Mermaid, Thumbkinetta, The Angel, The Garden of Paradise and The Snow Queen. All edges gilt. A well thumbed copy with occasional marginal tears (some with historic repairs). Original endpapers preserved.  25.5 x 32 cm. Original rebacked, textured, green, publisher's decorative cloth. New matching green morocco spine with gilt lettering and single fillets. Boards with period black morocco corner repairs with broad gilt fillets (very slightly worn). Original gilt lettering and central panel gilt vignette of swan and two cygnets, a phoenix rising at top, and dragons below including title sashes surrounding and borders filled with flowers, butterflies, and stars.  Back cover with central porprietory publisher's cypher in blind within blind borders. The plates, after original drawings by E. V. B. (Eleanor Vere Boyle) clearly illustrate the influence of the Pre-Raphaelite movement on her artwork. One of Boyle's finest creations that is always scarce in any condition.  Five copies located by WorldCat in the UK in addition to (RCIN 1129702) in the Royal Collection.