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    H[ans] C[hristian] Andersen. Eventyr, fortalte for Børn. [Fairy Tales, Told for Children]. Copenhagen: C. A. Reitzel, 1837. [Bound with:] Eventyr, fortalte for Børn. Andet Hefte. [Fairy Tales, Told for Children. Second Pamphlet]. Copenhagen: C. A. Reitzel, 1835. [And:] Eventyr, fortalte for Børn. Tredie Hefte. [Fairy Tales, Told for Children. Third Pamphlet]. Copenhagen: C. A. Reitzel, 1837. [And:] Eventyr, fortalte for Børn. Andet Bind. [Fairy Tales, Told for Children Second Volume]. Copenhagen: C. A. Reitzel, 1842. [And:] Eventyr, fortalte for Børn. Ny Samling. Første Hefte. Andet Oplag. [Fairy Tales, Told for Children. New Collection. First Pamphlet. Second Printing]. Copenhagen: C. A. Reitzel, 1846. [And:] Eventyr, fortalte for Børn. Ny Samling. Andet Hefte. [Fairy Tales, Told for Children. New Collection. Second Pamphlet]. Copenhagen: C. A. Reitzel, 1839. [And:] Eventyr, fortalte for Børn. Ny Samling. Tredie Hefte. [Fairy Tales, Told for Children. New Collection. Third Pamphlet]. Copenhagen: C. A. Reitzel, 1842. Complete set of six pamphlets of Hans Christian Andersen's first fairy tales, all but the fourth in first printings. Six parts in one small octavo volume (4.75 x 2.9375 inches; 120 x 75 mm). viii, 61, [1, blank]; 76; 60; [8], 58; [4], 53, [1, blank]; [4], 49, [1, blank] pages. Complete imprint reads: "Kjøbenhavn Forlagt af Universitets-Boghandler C. A. Reitzel. Trykt hos Bianco Luno & Schneider."

    Bound in half red hard-grain morocco over black hard-grain morocco boards. Spine in five compartments with four gilt-decorated raised bands, lettered and numbered in gilt, with owner's name in gilt at foot between gilt fillets: "Betsy Hagerup." Binding lightly rubbed, especially around the edges. Evidence of something having been removed from front pastedown. Long ink inscription, including several names, including "Betsy Hagerup" on front free endpaper, dated 25 October 1935. Early ink ownership inscription on front flyleaf to "Betsy Hagerup" from her father. Considerable foxing and browning. Faint ink stamp on first title page; stain in the gutter margin of pages 25-30 of the second pamphlet; small piece torn from the lower gutter of pages 51/52 of the third pamphlet, and slight adhesion and corresponding abrasion to pages 50 and 51, concealing several letters on page 50, and three words on page 51; neat paper repair (measuring approximately .5 x 1 inch) to the lower outer margin of the half-title in the fourth pamphlet; staining to pages 35-48 in the fifth pamphlet. A very good copy.

    Penciled note on verso of front flyleaf: "Complete set of 6 pamphlets of HCA's first tales, all but the 4th in 1st printings, general title-pages for the 1st & 4th vols, original title-pages to vols 2d, 3d, 5th & 6th, all but the 1st vol with half-titles. Lacking individual contents leaves as usual."

    Grolier, Children's Literature, 28A; Hersholt, pages 23-27; Nielsen 266, 267-270, 277-279, 304-305, 326-328, 353-355, 409-411.

    "Each of the two volumes carried a new main title page, and in rebinding the pamphlets into volumes the individual title page accompanying each pamphlet was almost always destroyed. Then, too, in the process of rebinding, a pamphlet of the second printing was in many cases substituted for one of the first printing, and so it is that a complete copy of these six little pamphlets in their first printing is one of the greatest rarities in Danish literature. The copies of both the first and second printings, the latter almost as scarce as the former, are in the Hersholt Collection of Anderseniana... As stated, the six small pamphlets were first published between 1835 and 1842, and a second printing appeared during 1842-1847" (Hersholt, page 26).

    "The tales of Hans Andersen are unique. Unlike Perrault's or Grimm's his stories were original inventions. They are of two kinds. The Eventyr are fairy tales of supernatural creatures and fantastic happenings; the Historie are stories of everyday people and occurrences. To the fashioning of both 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 signalized a new and fundamentally different approach to the writing of books for children. Mawkishness, didacticism, and moral proselytizing were totally abjured and he was the harbinger of a new era in this genre...Between 1838 and 1848 Andersen turned out several more volumes of tales...Although these collections included 'What the Moon Saw' and such little masterpiece as 'The Little Mermaid', 'The Tin Soldier' and 'The Tinder Box', it was not until 1843/4 that the appearance of 'The Ugly Duckling' swept them into general favour" (Printing and the Mind of Man 299).


    More Information: First Pamphlet:
    Eventyr, fortalte for Børn. [Fairy Tales, Told for Children].
    "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.

    Second Pamphlet:
    Eventyr, fortalte for Børn. Andet Hefte. [Fairy Tales, Told for Children. Second Pamphlet]. Nielsen 276.
    "Tommelise" ("Thumbelina"). Nielsen 277.
    "Den uartige Dreng" ("The Naughty Boy"). Nielsen 278.
    "Reisekammeraten" ("The Travelling Companion"). Nielsen 279.

    Third Pamphlet:
    Eventyr, fortalte for Børn. Tredie Hefte. [Fairy Tales, Told for Children. Third Pamphlet]. Nielsen 303.
    "Den lille Havfrue" ("The little Mermaid"). Nielsen 304.
    "Keiserens nye Klæder" ("The Emperor's New Clothes"). Nielsen 305.

    These three works were bound together in one volume. "The title page, dated 1835, which accompanied the first group of fairy tales has been cancelled and replaced with a collective title page dated 1837, which is followed by a contents leaf and a 4-page letter to the reader, signed by the author and dated at Copenhagen, 1 March 1837. All nine fairy tales are first issues, corresponding to all the points given by Nielsen" (Hersholt, p. 23).

    Fourth Pamphlet:
    Eventyr, fortalte for Børn. Andet Bind. [Fairy Tales, Told for Children. Second Volume].
    "Gaaseurten" ("The Daisy"). Nielsen 326.
    "Den standhaftige Tinsoldat" ("The Steadfast Tin Soldier"). Nielsen 327.
    "De vilde Svaner" ("The Wild Swans"). Nielsen 328.

    Fifth Pamphlet:
    Eventyr, fortalte for Børn. Un Samling. Andet Hefte. [Fairy Tales, Told for Children. New Collection. Second Pamphlet].
    "Paradisets Have" ("The Garden of Paradise"). Nielsen 353.
    "Den flyvende Kuffert" ("The Flying Trunk"). Nielsen 354.
    "Storkene" ("The Storks"). Nielsen 355.

    Sixth Pamphlet:
    Eventyr, fortalte for Børn. Un Samling. Tredie Hefte. [Fairy Tales, Told for Children. New Collection. Third Pamphlet].
    "Ole Lukøie" ("Ole Lukøie"). Nielsen 409.
    "Rosen-Alfen" ("The Rose Elf").
    "Svinedrengen" ("The Swineherd"). Nielsen 410.
    "Boghveden" ("The Buckwheat"). Nielsen 411.

    These three works were "bound together in one volume with a collective title page dated 1842...followed by a dedication to Johanne Louise Heiberg and a contents leaf. The original title pages to all three parts, dated 1838, 1839 and 1842 respectively, as well as other prefatory leaves, appear to have been cancelled. All ten fairy tales are first printings except Rosen-Alfen which had been published for the first time in the benhavns Morgenblad, issue of May 19, 1839. A facsimile edition of the first three pamphlets was published in 1935" (Hersholt, pages 23-24).


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