Kay Nielsen. East of the Sun and West of the Moon










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Step into a world of star-crossed lovers, magical winds, mischievous giants and trolls, and 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 considered a jewel of early 20th-century children’s literature and is 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 tome restores the stunning detail and artistry of Nielsen’s images to their original splendor, featuring 46 illustrations printed in five colors, including delicate gold-leaf paint and lettering. 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.

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