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A Thousand and One Nights

by Kay Nielsen, Noel Daniel, Cynthia Burlingham, Margaret Sironval, Colin White



ISBN:9783836532266
Format:Hardcover
Page Extent:144 pages
Book Size:420 x 420 mm (Height x Width x Depth)

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$499.00

“Considered masterpieces of early 20th century illustration, one will delight in this fine art portfolio of Kay Nielsen’s collection bursting with sumptuous colours of deep blue, reds and gold leaf”

In the late 1910s, in a Europe ravaged by World War I, Danish illustrator Kay Nielsen put the finishing touches on his illustrations of A Thousand and One Nights. The results are considered masterpieces of early 20th-century illustration: bursting with sumptuous colors of deep blues, reds, and gold leaf, and evoking all the magic of this legendary collection of Indo-Persian and Arabic folktales, compiled between the 8th and 13th centuries. In the financially strapped postwar climate, however, publishers retreated from Nielsen's project and the publication never happened. A rising star, Nielsen moved on to other work, and the spectacular pen, ink, and watercolor images of this world heritage classic remained under lock and key for 40 years. Published just once in the 1970s, the illustrations were rescued from oblivion after Nielsen’s death in 1957 and are now held by the UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Art Institute of Chicago, and in two private collections.

Published for the first time ever in five colors including gold, this unique presentation of fine art prints revives all 21 strikingly beautiful illustrations reproduced directly from Nielsen’s original watercolors−the only complete set of his beloved illustrations to have survived. Each illustration is presented individually in an extra-large format and on fine art paper, allowing Nielsen’s graphic mastery and rich array of influences, from Art Nouveau to Japanese woodcuts to Indian painting, to dazzle. The set also includes a 144-page hardcover book also printed in five colors, featuring descriptions of all of the images, and three generously illustrated essays on the making of this series, the origin of Nielsen’s unique imagery, and a history of the tales. In addition, the accompanying book features many unpublished or rarely seen artworks by Nielsen, as well as all 23 of the incredibly intricate blackand- white drawings Nielsen also created for the original publication. This is a rare chance to own exceptional reproductions of this highly-influential artist's only surviving complete set of watercolors.


About the Authors

Noel Daniel

The Editor Noel Daniel graduated from Princeton University and studied in Berlin on a Fulbright Scholarship. She earned a master s degree in London and served as director of a photography art gallery before becoming a book editor. Her TASCHEN books to date include A Treasury of Wintertime Tales (2014), The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen (2013), The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (2011), Magic 1400s 1950s (2009), and The Circus 1870s 1950s (2008).

Kay Nielsen

The Illustrator