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Kay Nielsen. East of the Sun and West of the Moon

40Edition: EnglishAvailability: In Stock
TASCHEN’s centenary reproduction of East of the Sun and West of the Moon revives a classic collection of 15 Norse folktales illustrated by the beloved Danish artist Kay Nielsen, one of the most famous children’s book illustrators of all time. Based on a precious first edition and including 11 of his extremely rare watercolor originals, the book features an all-new design refreshed for today's readers, numerous full-page illustrations, and double-spreads.
Hardcover, with ribbon bookmark9.1 x 11.3 in.2.36 lb168 pages
“…beautiful but also just slightly menacing… this volume is Christmas-tree gorgeous.”
The Washington Post
“The luxurious slip-cased book contains an exquisite reprint… the perfect gift for anyone, young or old, who loves art and the power of storytelling.”
The Lady
Kay Nielsen. East of the Sun and West of the Moon

Kay Nielsen. East of the Sun and West of the Moon


Old tales from the North

Nielsen’s masterwork in the golden era of book illustration

Step into a world of star-crossed lovers, magical winds, mischievous giants, and trolls, through some of the most exquisite illustrations in publishing history. In this gorgeous reprint, TASCHEN revives the most ambitious publication project of beloved Danish artist Kay Nielsen, one of the most famous children’s book illustrators of all time.

First published in 1914, East of the Sun and West of the Moon is a celebrated collection of fifteen fairy tales, gathered by legendary Norwegian folklorists Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Engebretsen Moe on their journeys across Norway in the mid-nineteenth century. Nielsen’s illustration edition of Asbjørnsen and Moe’s tales is considered a jewel of early 20th-century children's literature, highly sought-after by art and book collectors worldwide. An original signed copy of the book sold at auction in 2008 commanded the highest price ever paid for an illustrated children’s book.

This finely crafted reprint restores the stunning detail and artistry of Nielsen’s images to their original splendor. Featuring 46 illustrations, including many enlarged details from Nielsen’s rare original watercolors, the book is printed in five colors. Three accompanying essays, illustrated with dozens of rare and previously unseen artworks by Nielsen, explore the history of Norwegian folktales, Nielsen’s life and work, and how this masterpiece came to be.
The editor

Noel Daniel is a graduate of Princeton University and a former Fulbright Scholar to Berlin. Her TASCHEN publications include TATTOO 1730s-1950s, Kay Nielsen’s A Thousand and One Nights and East of the Sun and West of the Moon, The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen, Wintertime Tales, Magic, and The Circus.

Kay Nielsen. East of the Sun and West of the Moon
Hardcover, with ribbon bookmark23 x 28.7 cm1.07 kg168 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-3229-7

Edition: English
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16 Ratings


Elizabeth,June 24, 2022
This book is so beautiful, it leaves me breathless.

Un libro "de cuento"

Fran,October 28, 2021
Bella edición con fantásticas ilustraciones de aire deco. Una joya para perderse y disfrutar.

Back from the dead

Cedric,October 28, 2021
I love when Taschen found books like this one and print it again for everyone to discover. The size of the book isn't particularly big but the quality is great, as usual!

Very readable anthology

Evan,October 27, 2021
This is an great gift for a child, or to read along with a child. The artwork is awesome. The tales were also unfamiliar to me, even as someone who enjoys fairy tales and fairy tale anthologies.


Ernst,October 27, 2021
Das Buch mit den norwegischen Sagen - ein Reprint der 1914 erschienenen Ausgabe - bietet bereits im äußeren Auftritt das Flair des Jugendstils. Die Illustrationen von Kay Nielsen sind zeitlose Kunstwerke und mit großem Gefühl für die Details der Bilder ins Buch aufgenommen. Ein meisterlicher Druck!