The Snow Queen
New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., (1929). First edition thus. 9-1/4 x 6-1/2 inches. ,209,pp. Red cloth stamped in gilt, illustrated endpapers. 48 plates illustrated in red, black and white. Edgeworn, with bumping and slight fraying to spine ends and corners; gilt to spine dulled; light foxing scattered throughout; occasional light soiling to margins. Good.
Andersen's classic fairy tale, first published in 1844, here illustrated with glorious Art Deco drawings by Katharine Beverley and Elizabeth Ellender. The tale follows two young best friends, Kay and Gerda, as Kay's sight and heart are poisoned by shards of an evil mirror and he is abducted by the Snow Queen, who numbs him and takes him to her palace. Gerda goes looking for Kay, and after a series of misadventures and help from unlikely sources, she manages to rescue Kay from the Snow Queen's clutches with nothing more than her innocence and love for her friend. The pair return to their home, only to discover that they have grown older while their home has stayed the same.