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Little Rhymes by Hans Christian Andersen

Little Rhymes by Hans Christian Andersen, with Little Phots by Harald Paetz. (15.5 x 14.5 cm.). Illustrations. Cloth, 24 pp., Los Angeles: The Cotsen Occasional Press, 2002.


This beautiful facsimile volume represents the first ever printing of Andersen's Fotograferede Bornegrupper in English. This book is a collaboration between Andersen, who wrote the verse, and the famous early Danish photographer Harald Paetz.


The illustrations in the book are albumen prints of posed and costumed children and they depict scenes of play and home life. Little Rhymes is an extremely important book in the history of children's literature and photographic illustration as it represents the first children's book in the history of photography to be illustrated with photographs of live subjects posed dramatically.

Extraordinarily rare, the book remains an astounding and surprising venture between a world-famous author and an innovative photographer. This is the only facsimile edition of this important work, and it is the first--and only--time it has been translated into English.With an introduction by Mus White and a brief bibliography of related works.