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Kay Nielsen: East of the Sun and West of the Moon Hardcover – April 14, 2018
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"...a beautiful reprint of the fairy-tale, with its sumptuous illustrations presented in full glory."
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Noel Daniel is a graduate of Princeton University and a former Fulbright Scholar to Berlin. She earned an MA in London and was director of a photography gallery before editing books. Her TASCHEN publications include East of the Sun and West of the Moon, The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen, Wintertime Tales, Magic, and The Circus.
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P.S.- Back in the 1970s, David Larkin and the Peacock Press did a series of pretty decent monographs featuring the work of Nielsen, Rackham, Dulac and many other classic illustrators. These books were as good as it got back then, using affordable '70s technology, though the quality of reproduction in those books was nowhere near the quality in this new Taschen edition. Wouldn't it be wonderful if Taschen and Noel Daniel took the Peacock Press approach light-years further using modern technology and design skills? To have all of Nielsen's paintings, including those done for the unpublished "A Thousand And One Nights", collected into a Taschen volume or two, as well as companion portfolio volumes of the complete works of John Bauer, Edmund Dulac, and others, re-scanned from originals where possible, would be truly mind-boggling! A dream come true! I can dream, can't I??
2018/04/03- A dream of mine has come true- I hear that Noel Daniel and Taschen are publishing a very classy (and expensive- $300!), limited-to-5000-numbered-copies, 16" x16" portfolio of all of the illustrations Nielsen did for "A Thousand And One Nights". Apparently it is a boxed set containing all 21 (I think) individual prints taken from the "strikingly beautiful" (as it says in the description) original water colors, as well as black and white drawings, and a sizeable book featuring the illustrations again, close-ups, and background information about the illos and this publishing project. So far it's not offered on Amazon. You can check it out on Taschen's website. It looks to be a beauty. These "Arabian Nights" pieces were never published until David Larkin's "The Unknown Paintings of Kay Nielsen" was published in 1977. I loved that book, and have always hoped to see these pieces presented properly. I have no doubt that Taschen's book is going to be incredible.
Addenda- 4/7/2018- The Taschen "A Thousand And One Nights" book and folio arrived this evening. It is beyond my wildest hopes. Measuring 16" x 16", it consists of a portfolio of all 21 illustrations, and a separate book containing the prints, associated essays, info about Nielsen and the Tales, and synopses of the Tales, and close-ups of the illustrations, all contained in a beautiful illustrated box with felt trimmings. I think this is the most beautiful book/folio I've ever seen. I'll write a thorough review at some point, if Amazon offers the book. We'll see.
If I had one complaint, it would be that drawings are not evenly dispersed throughout the book. For instance, I was hoping for something a little more elaborate for Three Billy Goats Gruff (even if it's only two pages long), particularly given the recurring roll trolls play within Norwegian culture. This is not enough to downgrade my rating, as I certainly would not expect/want drawings on every page, but it is something worth mentioning.
Regardless, it is a beautiful book, and I would highly recommend it.
PS: Thanks for getting it to me before Christmas!
As for the contents, I'm pleased with the color illustrations and have found no errors yet. The inside cover is also a very nice touch which makes it unbelievable that the purchase price was $25, considering the design and detailing of the book. Overall, I would highly recommend.
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Amazing reprint of the art works of Kay Nielsen, way better than the...Read more