New York: Wiley & Putnam, 161 Broadway 1847 on title page/1846, second American printing of the 1845 British first English translation by Howitt, brown cloth binding with blindstamped ruled and decorated borders top and bottom, and a delicate gil. Small hardback.
Mary Howitt, a children's author and a sometime friend of Andersen's, learned some Danish to help her with these translations. The more violent stories were softened for little children (The Storks). This first series contains: (frontis plate), Ole Luckoie, The Daisy, The Naughty Boy, Tommelise (Thumbelina), The Rose-Elf (no plate), The Garden of Paradise (plate), A Night in the Kitchen, Little Ida's Flowers (plate), The Constant Tin Soldier, The Storks. This 1847 book represents the first illustrated version available in the United States.
CONDITION: Very Good; gift "to Eben-er H. Foote" (later the Civil War captain?), boards very clean and neat with precise stamping and bright gilt, a few light spots, spine gilt faded but legible except for "Series", top corners and spine ends lightly bumped, bottom corners sharp, a little rub on two points and a 1/8" tear on back foot of spine; hinges nice, tight and straight; pages and endpapers, though fairly bright and unmarked, are moderately to heavily foxed (see images for range); the three crisp plates have none or one spot only; a tidy little copy. Item #20206