London: The Bodley Head, 1959. Whistler, Rex. Octavo, original pale blue cloth boards elaborately stamped in gilt and red, red and white patterned endpapers, original unclipped pictorial dust jacket, top edge stained red. Lightest smudging to foot of spine and rear panel of jacket. Item #100121
"New Edition" of 1959, first published in this format in 1935. A beautiful collection of forty-eight of Hans Christian Andersen's tales, including "The Emperor's New Clothes," "The Constant Tin-Soldier," "The Ugly Duckling," "Thumbelina," and "The Little Mermaid." Inscribed on the front pastedown by illustrator Rex Whistler's younger brother Laurence Whistler, himself a noted artist: "Lucy Bertram, with so much gratitude, and many good wishes, Your Laurence W." A stunning copy.