Among our vast collection of illustrated books from the early 20th century (“the Golden Age of Illustration” as some like to call it), we find that artists are continuously drawn to envision the timeless magic of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales. Below are selected images from such stories, showing the range of styles and interpretations that illustrators have garnered through familiar tales like “The Snow Queen”, “The Little Mermaid”, “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, and “The Ugly Duckling”.
NC965 .A52 Fairy Tales (date unknown) illustrator unknown
NC978 .5 .R622 H36 1913 Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales (1913) illustrated by Heath Robinson
NC978 .5 .C52 F3 The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen and Charles Perrault (19–?) illustrated by Harry Clarke
NC978 .5 .D8 A5 Stories From Hans Andersen (1911) illustrated by Edmund Dulac
NC978 .5 .W34 F3 1914 Fairy Tales From Hans Christian Andersen (1914) illustrated by Dugald Stewart Walker
NC986 .5 .S92 H5 Historien Om en Moder (1929) illustrated by Fritz Syberg
-posted by Laura Guerin, IL 12