Specialist art publisher Taschen published a reprint of East of the Sun, West of the Moon, a stunning-looking collection reviving the most ambitious publication project of 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 a celebrated collection of 15 fairy tales, gathered by legendary Norwegian folklorists Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Engebretsen Moe on their journeys across Norway in the mid-19th century. Nielsen’s illustration edition of Asbjørnsen and Moe’s tales is considered a jewel of early 20th-century children’s literature, highly sought-after by art and book collectors worldwide.
This finely crafted reprint restores the stunning detail and artistry of Nielsen’s images to their original splendor. The book is printed in five colors with a lovingly designed slipcase. HTF Didot is used for body text. Phospho’s ornamental majuscule didone font Aquus, used here for headlines and initials, goes nicely with the fabulous world of star-crossed lovers, magical winds, mischievous giants, and trolls.