The engravings in this volume are excellent examples of mid-nineteenth century romantic or sentimental illustration style. Each one has been hand-colored with unusually bright watercolors.
Stories from Hans Andersen.
With Illustrations by Edmund Dulac.
London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1911.
This is the first edition of the volume that also appears in Case 2 to illustrate “The Princess and the Pea.” The only significant difference between the two is the different-colored cloth used for the binding.
The illustrations in this volume are good examples of the streamlined classicism of the 1930s that closely overlaps with the art deco movement. The text header to each page changes to provide a synopsis of what happens to the little mermaid in its corresponding passage: “wishes to be mortal,” “visits a sea witch,” and on the last page “finds eternal life.”
Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales.
A New Translation by Reginald Spink. With 8 Pages of Colour Plates and Line Drawings in the Text by Hans Baumhauer.
London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 1958.
Augusta Baker Collection.
Hague is probably best known for his illustrations to Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows. He is a popular artist who has illustrated numerous editions of classic fairy tales.
The Little Mermaid.
A bronze sculpture of The Little Mermaid by Edvard Eriksen (1876-1959) was installed on the Copenhagen waterfront in 1913. It is now a Danish national symbol and widely reproduced.
Collection of Elizabeth Sudduth.