Paris: [November, 1911]: H. Piazza. Limited Edition. Quarto. Item #022286
These tales were translated from Danish by L. Moland. Limited edition of only 500 on Japan paper beautifully illustrated with 28 color mounted plates by Edmond Dulac with tissue guards present. The present copy is one of only a handful signed by Dulac, and sumptuously bound by Rene Kiefer in full light tan crushed morocco with a central color design of the Snow Queen, raised bands, one compartment lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, silk brocade doublures trimmed in gilt, signed with binders stamp and with binders ticket. Housed within a custom lined slipcase. Spine darkened with just a bit of finger soiling to covers, internally absolutely clean and fresh. A superb copy. René Kieffer (1875-1964) worked for ten years at the famed Chambolle-Duru bindery in Paris, specializing in gilding, before establishing his own workshop in 1903. He debuted at the 1903 Salon des Artistes Françcais, and, evolving toward to more modern approach, became a disciple of the great Marius-Michel. At the time of this binding's creation he had begun to incorporate a transitional mix of flowers, vines, and colorful onlays in rather formal compositions, their Art Nouveau motifs retained within symmetrical borders that revealed his classical roots. By the end of World War I he had emerged as one of Paris's leading binders, his work sought after by collectors, his fine workmanship matched by a wide range of progressive designs.