The setting for this volume is Denmark during the early nineteenth century, a cityscape that Andersen himself would have found familiar.
This collection was edited by Baker when she was the Coordinator of Children’s Services at the New York Public Library.
This book is part of a 60-volume boxed set of “Penguin 60s,” a series of small editions of classic and contemporary works published on the occasion of Penguin’s 60th anniversary. Andersen, one of only a few “classic” authors chosen, shares shelf space in this collection with Katherine Mansfield, Martin Amis, Isak Dinesen, and Stephen Jay Gould, among others. Individual volumes in the set sold separately for 60 pence, about one dollar.