Kay Nielsen. Östlich der Sonne und westlich des MondesHardcover, 5.4 x 7.7 in., 0.85 lb, 192 pages20
Kay Nielsen. East of the Sun and West of the Moon20
Reviving [i]East of the Sun and West of the Moon[/i], Kay Nielsen’s Scandinavian masterwork
First published in 1914, East of the Sun and West of the Moon is a celebrated collection of fairy tales gathered by legendary Norwegian folklorists Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Engebretsen Moe on their journeys across Norway in the mid-19th 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 volume presents 10 of the original fairytales, and restores the stunning detail and artistry of Nielsen’s images to their original splendor. Featuring 41 illustrations, including many enlarged details from Nielsen’s rare original watercolors. The book comes with three accompanying essays, illustrated with dozens of rare and previously unseen artworks by Nielsen, that explore the history of Norwegian folktales, Nielsen’s life and work, and how this masterpiece came to be.
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.