Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales – Illustrated by A. Duncan Carse
Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales – Illustrated by A. Duncan Carse first published in 1912, provides a collection of nineteen of Hans Christian Andersen’s most famous short stories. Stories include: ‘The Little Mermaid’, ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’, ‘Little Thumb’, and ‘The Snow Queen’, ‘The Galoshes of Fortune’, ‘The Red Shoes’, ‘The Wild Swans’ and others.
Hans Christian Andersen (1805 – 1875) was a Danish poet and author celebrated for his children’s stories but perhaps best known for his fables and fairy tales – meant for both adults and children. They were frequently written in a colloquial style, using idioms and spoke language in a manner previously unseen in Danish literature. Though simple at first glance, Hans Andersen Fairy Tales often convey sophisticated moral teachings, in equal measure heart-breaking and heart-warming.
These tales are further enhanced by the wonderful watercolour illustrations of A. Duncan Carse – a lesser known though immensely accomplished artist and Golden Age illustrator. Andreas Duncan Carse (1876 – 1938) provided the illustrations for Lucy M. Scott’s Dewdrops from Fairyland in 1912 but it was Carse’s contributions to Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales that arguably solidified his reputation as an accomplished illustrator of children’s books.