IN POWDER AND CRINOLINE: OLD FAIRY TALES, by Arthur Quiller-Couch and Kay Nielsen - 1913 [1st ed., 26 plates]


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In Powder and Crinoline: Old Fairy Tales

retold by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch

illustrated by Kay Nielsen 

First edition.  London:  Hodder & Stoughton, [1913]  

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Blue paper covers with cream vellum spine and corner tips. 
  • Boards show some wear, smudges, edgewear.  Corners are bumped, frayed, with exposed board.  See photos.
  • Spine has black label with gilt text and is darkened, with crushed, chipped ends.  See photos.  
  • Binding is intact; front hinge is tender.  Some sign of separation at pg. 116.  See photos.
  • Decorated end papers/ pastedowns have some toning, scattered foxing, bookseller sticker at back cover.  See photos. 
  • Frontispiece is present and has intact tissue guard.
  • Illustrations, 26 color plates, are bright and clear; plates are tipped-in, with decorated tissue guards.  Tissue guard at page 66 plate is missing.
  • Interior has tanned paper, with decorative framing at head of all pages.  Interior exhibits some marginal toning, some smudges.  Mark at pg. 132 transfers to adjacent tissue guard, smudge in margin of p. 146.  See photos. 
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Text block edges have deckle fore and foot edges, gilt along head. 
  • PS2024.0118

164 pages. 10 x 12 inches

Very good copy of this scarce First edition of In Powder and Crinoline, illustrator Kay Nielsen's first book for Hodder & Stoughton.  Blue paper covered boards, with cream vellum spine and corner tips.  Twenty-six full color plates, tipped-in and mounted on gray paper, with tissue guards (guard at page 66 is absent).

Danish illustrator and designer Kay Nielsen (1886-1957) illustrated many volumes for Hodder & Stoughton, including In Powder and Crinoline (1913) and East of the Sun, West of the Moon (1914).  Characterized by a sense of two-dimensional flatness, Nielsen’s objects and people are highly stylized: foxglove blossoms hang in measured asymmetry, princes and princesses stand on improbably long legs, and their garments billow in gravity-defying parabolas. 

Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch (1863-1944) was an English critic, writer, and compiler of anthologies.  Among these were three collections of fairy tales, the third of which was In Powder and Crinoline: Old Fairy Tales Retold.  Seven Fairy Tales make up the collection:

Felicia or The Pot of Pinks
The Twelve Dancing Princesses
Rosanie or The Inconstant Prince
The Man Who Never Laughed
John and the Ghosts
The Czarina's Violet.    

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