Kay Nielsen: East Of The Sun And West Of The Moon by Noel DanielKay Nielsen: East Of The Sun And West Of The Moon by Noel Daniel

Kay Nielsen: East Of The Sun And West Of The Moon

EditorNoel Daniel

Hardcover | December 10, 2015

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Fairy tale finesse: Reviving East of the Sun and West of the Moon
Kay Nielsen's most ambitious illustration project
Step into a world of star-crossed lovers, magical winds, mischievous giants, and trolls, through some of the most exquisite illustrations in publishing history. In this gorgeous reprint, TASCHEN revives the most ambitious publication project of beloved Danish artist Kay Nielsen, one of the most famous children’s book illustrators of all time.

First published in 1914, East of the Sun and West of the Moon is a celebrated collection of fifteen fairy tales, gathered by legendary Norwegian folklorists Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Engebretsen Moe on their journeys across Norway in the mid-nineteenth century. Nielsen’s illustration edition of Asbjørnsen and Moe’s tales is considered a jewel of early 20th-century children's literature, highly sought-after by art and book collectors worldwide. An original signed copy of the book sold at auction in 2008 commanded the highest price ever paid for an illustrated children’s book.

This finely crafted reprint restores the stunning detail and artistry of Nielsen’s images to their original splendor. Featuring 46 illustrations, including many enlarged details from Nielsen’s rare original watercolors, the book is printed in five colors with a lovingly designed slipcase. Three accompanying essays, illustrated with dozens of rare and previously unseen artworks by Nielsen, explore the history of Norwegian folktales, Nielsen’s life and work, and how this masterpiece came to be.
Title:Kay Nielsen: East Of The Sun And West Of The MoonFormat:HardcoverDimensions:168 pages, 11.3 × 9.1 × 0.98 inPublished:December 10, 2015Publisher:TaschenLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3836532298

ISBN - 13:9783836532297


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspirational! This book is more than I imagined. A brief history of Peter Christen Asbjorsen, Jorgen Engebretsen and of Norway? Sweet. A background on Kay Nielson? AWESOME! And so much more! The colour, oh the colour! I can see the faint watercolour lines in the illustrations, and I'm able to see the swirls where the water was placed. I haven't even started reading it and yet, I know I cannot be disappointed. I'd recommend this to anyone who has a love for illustration, design and decoration.
Date published: 2018-04-21

Editorial Reviews

“.a beautiful reprint of the fairy tale, with its sumptuous illustrations presented in full glory.”