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Hans Christian Andersen, born in 1802 in Odense, Denmark, is famously known around the world for his beloved fairy tales. Andersen wasn't always a writer - he started his career as a singer and actor - but his true love was writing. Later in his career Andersen became known as the father of the modern fairy tales. Among Andersen's best known tales are The Duckling, The Tinderbox, Little Claus and Big Claus, Princess and the Pea, The Snow Queen, The Nightingale, and The Steadfast Tin Soldier. All of Andersen's works were original and only 12 of his 156 know fairy stories drew on folk tales.

Here is a selection of some of the most collectible and rare books by Hans Christian Andersen found at Abebooks.

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Hans Christian Andersen

 

Other titles by Hans Christian Andersen:

The Tinderbox

The Snow Queen

The Steadfast Tin Soldier

 

 

To Be or Not to Be? A NovelTo Be or Not to Be? A Novel
Hans Christian Andersen

London: Richard Bentley, 1857. First edition in English (published in Copenhagen in the same year). Inscribed by Andersen in Swedish on the front endpaper. Signed boldly and in full. Last name of recipient cut away. Publisher's plum straight-grain morocco cloth, covers decoratively blocked and panelled in blind, gilt spine lettering, yellow-coated endpapers. Binder's ticket on rear pastedown. Minimal joint and extremity wear, else an exceptional copy. Housed in a quarter morocco clamshell case. £4,892.59
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The Little Mermaid and Other Stories
Hans Christian Andersen

New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons & London: Lawrence & Bullen. 1893. 24.6x 18cm, first (American) edition?, xxiii, 384p., numerous plates and illustrations, in the original pictorial and decorated gilt and red stamped green cloth, some slight foxing on the preliminaries, original endpapers are acidic, a very good to fine copy, rare. £647.30
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Thumbelina
Hans Christian Andersen

(Montague: Mass, Montague Press 1911). 16mo, 25p., buckram backed boards, very good copy. One of only 20 numbered copies signed by the printer. Printed on hand-made paper by this small, collectible press. Rare. £206.00
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The Nightingale
Hans Christian Andersen

1898. First of this edition. Arranged and printed by D. B. Updike at the Merrymount Press. Issued by Updike under his own imprint in 1896 (Smith, 1934, Bibliographical List of Books Printed at the [Merrymount] Press, no. 19). Intense black-and-white illustrations by Mary Newill of the Birmingham Guild of Handicraft. Boards with dust wrapper over. Small chip at top of spine, otherwise about fine. £103.00
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Ugly DucklingThe Ugly Duckling
Hans Christian Andersen

First English edition of a book first published in Holland in 1893, and illustrated by the foremost artist working in the "Nouveau" style in Holland and a leading artist who's work commands high prices, both then and now. With litho colour illustrated paper boards, cloth spine, 31 plates each printed on one side only and with closed "French" fold format, final plate having a small piece placed over the final line as a publishers correction to the "wording", or style for the same reason? Each page with a complete full page crayon like plate done in soft stone litho, a very Japanese influence in present here, very popular with the art-nouveau movement both in Europe and America £420.00
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Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales
Hans Christian Andersen

1913. With illustrations by W. Heath Robinson. London: Constable & Co. Ltd., 1913. From an edition limited to 100 numbered copies signed by Robinson, this is no. 90. Illustrated with 16 color plates and many black and white line drawings in text. Quarto. xii,289 pp. Beautifully bound by Bayntun Riviere in blue morocco: The upper board is decorated with colored leather inlays, which form the figure of Hans Christian Andersen sitting on a stone, surrounded by a gilt border; gilt-stamped decoration and lettering in spine compartments; gilt-stamped turn-ins and marbled endpaper; a.e.g. Spine is lightly faded, else fine. Housed in a fleece-lined blue cloth slipcase. £2,832.55
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The Improvisatore; or Life in Italy
Hans Christian Andersen
Recommended by Richardson Books, Netherlands

1845. 1st English edition. Published by Richard Bentley, London. Although this book was first published in Denmark in 1835, the first English edition translated by Mary Howitt wasn't published until 1845. 2 volumes. Contemporary Blue cloth with ms paper labels on spine. £60.02
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The Wild Swans And Other Stories
Hans Christian Andersen

Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd London circa 1905 1st edition. Small 4to. 58 + (2)pp. 2 colour plates + numerous bw drawings. Publisher's brown printed arts & crafts style paper covered boards, black lettering on front & spine, black illustrations in corners + colour plate stock down on front girl in long dress with swan sitting on beach. White eps. Covers : scuffs top/bottom of spine, slight shelf knock bottom of spine, 5cm crimp in paper rear, faint rubs corners, slight rubs to plate around edges. Contents : clean, tight & unfoxed. Plates very clean. £175.00
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