Wonderful Stories for Children.
ANDERSEN Hans Christian.; HOWITT Mary translator (1846)
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4 hand-coloured lithographed plates, First English edition, small 8vo., original blue cloth blocked in blind and gilt, a.e.g., London, Chapman and Hall.
The first issue, with the author's name misspelt 'Anderson' on the front cover and the title page. Near contemporary inscription on the verso of the front free endpaper, rubbed and worn at the spine, otherwise an excellent copy.
Andersen's fairy tales were first published in Denmark in 1837, and were favourably received although their success was initially limited to Scandinavia. 1846 was the year his writings achieved wider fame: four translations of his tales into English were published, of which this was the first. The impact his writing had on British stories for children was seismic: where previously tales focussed on moral or instructive lessons, Andersen sparked the realisation that fantasy and imagination, rather than being morally dangerous could be enjoyable and engaging. Andersen helped transform the genre of children's literature, paving the way for inventive writers such as Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear.
Stock Code: 125969