Hans Christian Andersen, translated by Mary Howitt
Wonderful Stories for Children
(Chapman and Hall, 1846)
1210.e.22   17x23.5 cm

H C Andersen
  Children’s books

This is the first of five English translations of Hans Andersen's tales to be published in 1846, although one was dated 1847. It was highly-praised by the critics, and delighted even the demanding author, although neither he nor his translator could have been pleased by the misspelling of his name on the titlepage. The anonymous frontispiece is a complex piece of printing: the line is produced from a metal plate, then over-printed with two or three lithographic tints, and heightened with hand-colouring.