One of 60 special copies with an extra suite of hand-coloured engravings
CLEVERDON, Douglas. HARWERTH, Willi. ANDERSEN, Hans. ~ The Red Shoes.
Bristol Printed at Offenbach-am-Main for Douglas Cleverdon 1928
15 hand-coloured wood engravings by Willi Harwerth. No.43 of 60 special copies, signed by the artist with an extra hand-coloured suite of the 15 engravings loose in a pocket at the rear, (there were also 10 deluxe copies and 400 ordinary copies without the extra suite). Printed in Rudolf Koch's Grosse-Antiqua type by Wilh. Gerstung. 8vo., original vellum spine with title in black lettering, paper covered boards,the upper one with a hand-coloured wood engraving by Hawerth. Extremely good copy with very slight darkening to the edges of the boards and a small bump on the bottom right corner.
One of Douglas Cleverdon's very first publications, produced the year before his great book of Gill Engravings. The Red Shoes was beautifully produced in Offenbach-am-Main, the combination of Hawerth's charming hand-coloured engravings and Koch's type face being particularly pleasing. The book tells the tale of the girl who loved red shoes and who loved them above all other things so that they were bewitched by the devil and she was made to dance by day and by night until she had her feet cut off to stop the dancing. She repented her idolatory of the red shoes and give herself to god and so entered the kingdom of heaven where "there was no one there to ask about the Red Shoes". Very scarce.
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