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Reserved for Christine -- please don't purchase unless you're Christine.

East of the Sun and West of the Moon is a book of "Norske Folkeeventyr," that naturally celebrates the cold and snow of the Nordic lands. But this is no ordinary copy of Norse folktales, this book had illustrations by Kay Nielsen, one of the foremost illustrators of the Golden Age.

The first edition copies of this book from 1914 are very, very rare and if you have a few thousand dollars just sitting around in your bank account, you can pick one up. This reprinting, by Garden City Press, is undated, but is probably an early printing of this version of the book, from around 1932. (Other books with this cover have a copyright of 1932 listed.)

This particular edition has very brilliant cover art and endpaper art by an artist named Victor Candell. Then you get into the book and discover the 7 color plate Nielsen illustrations and numerous black-and-white illustrations. They are breathtaking.

I recently read that Nielsen's work was very influenced by Japanese woodcuts and the drawings of Aubrey Beardsley. I can see both styles in his work.

A wonderful gift or addition to your vintage book library, what a thing to pull out during the short, dark and snowy days of winter!


The front paste-down illustration by Candell does have some shelf wear scratching on the front, but is still very colorful. The tips of the cloth-covered book are worn and frayed, but the remainder of the exterior is clean and tight. The text block of the book is securely attached to the exterior cover.

The inside of the book has one letter written under the "This is my book" design on the endpaper. The 204 pages show some age-related yellowing, but no foxing. I noted about 3 pages that had a little crescent missing at the upper top of the page -- this does not impact illustrations or text. I noted age-related cracking in the interior binding in a few places, but the pages are solidly attached.