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    H[ans] C[hristian] Andersen. Eventyr, fortalte for Børn. Første Bind. Andet Oplag. [Fairy Tales, Told for Children. First Volume. Second Printing]. Copenhagen: C. A. Reitzel, 1846. [Bound with:] Eventyr, fortalte for Børn. Første Binds andet Hefte. Andet Oplag. [Fairy Tales, Told for Children. First Volume Second Pamphlet. Second Printing]. Copenhagen: C. A. Reitzel, 1844. [And:] Eventyr, fortalte for Børn. Første Binds tredie Hefte. Andet Oplag. [Fairy Tales, Told for Children. First Volume Third Pamphlet. Second Printing]. Copenhagen: C. A. Reitzel, 1846. [And:] Eventyr, fortalte for Børn. Andet Bind. [Fairy Tales, Told for Children. Second Volume]. Copenhagen: C. A. Reitzel, 1847. [And:] Eventyr, fortalte for Børn. Un Samling. Andet Hefte. [Fairy Tales, Told for Children. A Collection. Second Pamphlet]. Copenhagen: C. A. Reitzel, 1847. [And:] Eventyr, fortalte for Børn. Un Samling. Tredie Hefte. [Fairy Tales, Told for Children. A Collection. Third Pamphlet]. Copenhagen: C. A. Reitzel, 1847. Complete set of six Eventyr pamphlets, all in second printing. Six parts in one small octavo volume (4.9375 x 3.25 inches; 125 x 84 mm). viii, 61, [1, blank]; [3]-76; [3]-60; [2], 58; [2, title (verso blank)], 53, [1, blank]; [2, title (verso blank)], 49, [1, blank] pages.

    Contemporary half red polished calf over black floral-patterned paper over boards. Spine in four compartments with three gilt-ruled raised bands, one compartment with black leather label lettered and numbered in gilt between double gilt fillets, the remaining compartments with a gilt center tool within a black rectangle; a bit worn and rubbed. Sprinkled edges, top edge darkened. Somewhat internally foxed and toned, other scattered soiling. Still, very good.

    Penciled bookseller's note on the verso of the front flyleaf: "Complete set of 6 Eventyr pamphlets all in 2nd printing. The 1st & 4th pamphlets having general title-page and combined contents leaves, the remaining 4 with original titles. All individual half-titles and single contents indexes cancelled as expected."

    "Not more than 750 copies of the second printing were published. The second printing of the pamphlets is almost identical with the first. The year of publication, of course, differs in each, as previously stated. On the main title page for the first three pamphlets (Vol. I) is printed rste Bind. Andet Oplag. (First Volume. Second Printing, and the year is 1846. On the three individual title pages there also appears the statement: Andet Oplag (Second Printing). On the main title page for the last three pamphlets, the words Andet Bind have been maintained, but the words Andet Oplag have been dropped. The date is 1847" (Hersholt, pages 26-27).

    "During Andersen's lifetime 162 of his Fairy Tales were published, but the scarcest and most difficult to obtain are these six little pamphlets. We do not know exactly how many, or how few, copies were printed, but we do know that no copy with all the title pages and tables of contents has ever been offered for sale by any dealer or at any auction. To my knowledge, only five or six complete copies of the first printings (1835-1842) still exist. Even the second printing of the six pamphlets in their entirety (1842-1847) is exceedingly scarce and difficult to obtain" (Hersholt, page 25).

    "The Tales of Hans Andersen are unique. Unlike Perrault's or Grimm's his stories were original inventions. He brought his own childlike imagination and a creative faculty and originality strangely lacking in his other writings. Over and above their intrinsic merit Andersen's stories signalised a new and fundamentally different approach to the writing of books for children. Mawkishness, didacticism, and moral proselytising were totally abjured and he was the harbinger of a new era in this genre" (Printing and the Mind of Man 299).

    Hersholt, pages 24-27; Nielsen 266n, 267-270, 277-279, 304-305, 326-328, 353-355, 409-411.


    More Information: Contents:
    1. "Fyrtøiet" ("The Tinder Box"). Nielsen 267.
    "Lille Claus og store Claus" ("Little Claus and Big Claus"). Nielsen 268.
    "Prindsessen paa Ærten" ("The Princess on the Pea"). Nielsen 269.
    "Den lille Idas Blomster" ("Little Ida's Flowers"). Nielsen 270.
    2. "Tommelise" ("Thumbelina"). Nielsen 277.
    "Den uartige Dreng" ("The Naughty Boy"). Nielsen 278.
    "Reisekammeraten" ("The Travelling Companion"). Nielsen 279.
    3. "Den lille Havfrue" ("The little Mermaid"). Nielsen 304.
    "Keiserens nye Klæder" ("The Emperor's New Clothes"). Nielsen 305.
    4. "Gaaseurten" ("The Daisy"). Nielsen 326.
    "Den standhaftige Tinsoldat" ("The Steadfast Tin Soldier"). Nielsen 327.
    "De vilde Svaner" ("The Wild Swans"). Nielsen 328.
    5. "Paradisets Have" ("The Garden of Paradise"). Nielsen 353.
    "Den flyvende Kuffert" ("The Flying Trunk"). Nielsen 354.
    "Storkene" ("The Storks"). Nielsen 355.
    6. "Ole Lukøie" ("Ole Lukøie"). Nielsen 409.
    "Rosen-Alfen" ("The Rose Elf").
    "Svinedrengen" ("The Swineherd"). Nielsen 410.
    "Boghveden" ("The Buckwheat"). Nielsen 411.


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