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Kay Nielsen. A Thousand and One Nights

Edition of 5,000
Hardcover with 21 fine art prints in a box, 16.5 x 16.5 in., 10.12 lb, 144 pages
US$ 150 (US$ 300)Save US$ 150!
Multilingual Edition:
English, French, German
Multilingual Edition: English, French, German
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This XXL fine art portfolio revives Kay Nielsen’s illustrations for a world heritage classic, A Thousand and One Nights. Printed for the first time ever in five colors including gold, the 21 prints are reproduced directly from Nielsen’s original watercolors, allowing his sumptuous hues and rich influences to dazzle. A companion book features image descriptions, essays, and other rarely seen artworks.

Limited and numbered edition of 5,000 copies

Customer reviews (11)

Visions of 1,001 Nights

A fine art portfolio of Kay Nielsen’s sumptuous illustrations
In the late 1910s, in a Europe ravaged by World War I, Danish illustrator Kay Nielsen put the finishing touches on his illustrations of A Thousand and One Nights. The results are considered masterpieces of early 20th-century illustration: bursting with sumptuous colors of deep blues, reds, and gold leaf, and evoking all the magic of this legendary collection of Indo-Persian and Arabic folktales, compiled between the 8th and 13th centuries.

In the financially strapped postwar climate, however, publishers retreated from Nielsen’s project and the publication never happened. A rising star, Nielsen moved on to other work, and the spectacular pen, ink, and watercolor images of this world heritage classic remained under lock and key for 40 years. Published just once in the 1970s, the illustrations were rescued from oblivion after Nielsen’s death in 1957 and are now held by the UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Art Institute of Chicago, and in two private collections.

Published for the first time ever in five colors including gold, this unique presentation of fine art prints revives all 21 strikingly beautiful illustrations reproduced directly from Nielsen’s original watercolors—the only complete set of his beloved illustrations to have survived. Each illustration is presented individually in an extra-large format and on fine art paper, allowing Nielsen’s graphic mastery and rich array of influences, from Art Nouveau to Japanese woodcuts to Indian painting, to dazzle.

The set includes a 144-page hardcover book also printed in five colors, featuring descriptions of all of the images, and three generously illustrated essays on the making of this series, the origin of Nielsen’s unique imagery, and a history of the tales. In addition, the accompanying book features many unpublished or rarely seen artworks by Nielsen, as well as all 23 of the incredibly intricate black-and-white drawings Nielsen also created for the original publication. This is a rare chance to own exceptional reproductions of this highly influential artist’s only surviving complete set of watercolors.

Limited and numbered edition of 5,000 copies.
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.

The contributing authors

Cynthia Burlingham has been Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles since 2011. She is also the director of the UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, a position she assumed in 2005 after holding various curatorial positions at the Grunwald Center. She has curated numerous exhibitions and has lectured and written extensively on the history of prints and drawings from the 16th through the 20th century.

Margaret Sironval received a PhD in literature from the Sorbonne, and was a researcher at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris from 1981 to 2005. She has published numerous articles and organized exhibitions on A Thousand and One Nights. She is the author of The Album of A Thousand and One Nights (2005) and A Thousand and One Nights (2011), in which she analyzes the transmission of the tales.

British art historian Colin White specializes in early-20th-century illustration, including the work of golden age legends Edmund Dulac, Jessie M. King, Thomas Mackenzie, and Kay Nielsen. His published works include biographies of Dulac and King, a forthcoming biography of Nielsen, and an essay in TASCHEN’s East of the Sun and West of the Moon (2015). He has also written on sentimentality in art, Edward Ardizzone, and W. B. Yeats.

Kay Nielsen. A Thousand and One Nights
Edition of 5,000
Hardcover with 21 fine art prints in a box, 16.5 x 16.5 in., 10.12 lb, 144 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-3226-6
Multilingual Edition: English, French, German

Customer reviews (11)

The Gold color gives life to the art

Ted Guillano, November 07, 2021
The item was well packed and arrived in great condition. The book gives details and information about A Thousand and One Nights and Kay Nielsen that it impressive on its own. The plates are beautifully reproduced with such fine details and with proper lighting and viewpoint, the gold color gives life to the art. Well worth the price.

Worth the value

Jakub, November 05, 2021
Great illustrations, high quality paper

Awesome book and colorful illustrations

Thanh Tung, October 31, 2021
I didn't know about this artist before but the 1001 night stories are part of my childhood memories so I really look forward to exploring a book about this theme. It didn't disappoint, the packaging, the design, the color, the exquisite posters are all magnificent.

Beautiful artwork

Alex, October 27, 2021
Magnificent drawings and stunning colours on every page. The amount of details and the poetry in them makes one want to put them on display and gaze at them for hours. Superb!

Artwork and Detail

Erik, October 27, 2021
This is one of my favorite purchases from TASCHEN, it perfectly encapsulates the stories of A Thousand and One Nights. I was extremely impressed with the packaging and the attention to detail throughout the entire book and pictures. Highly recommended if you love this book.

Fantastic edition - well worth it

Russell, October 27, 2021
Frankly, I think this volume is a bargain. It's big, beautifully printed, quality box for maintaining its condition. I'm a big fan of Kay Nielsen and can't imagine a richer reproduction of her work. This one's a keeper for my collection.

A lavish production

Victor, October 27, 2021
I love Kay Nielsen's illustrations and I love the Nights. So this book was a must-have. The edition is gorgeous. The life-size prints are indeed superb.

Beautiful, evocative art

Chris, October 27, 2021
I wasn't familiar with Kay Nielsen's before seeing Taschen's book online. The images instantly captivated me; I spontaneously ordered "Nights". The book + prints publication is just sublime! From the velvet-flocked presentation box with gilt touches, to the book itself with helpful essays, to the marvelous selection of square-format individual prints that make me wonder how I might redecorate a room at home with them, as framed prints... A big Taschen art book never, ever disappoints!

Impressive

Hannah, October 27, 2021
I have always admired the children’s book illustrations of the Danish artist. Very impressed by the format of the book & the separate envelope of illustrations that might be framed.

Ein Buch zum Verlieben

Gudrun, November 02, 2021
Ich liebe die Illustrationen von Kay Nielsen und habe mir nach "Östlich der Sonne..." auch dieses wundervolle Buch bestellt. Bin überwältigt, auch von der Größe der Darstellung.
Kay Nielsen. A Thousand and One Nights
Kay Nielsen.
A Thousand and One Nights
Edition of 5,000
US$ 150 (US$ 300)Save US$ 150!
Kay Nielsen. A Thousand and One Nights