ANDERSEN, Hans (author). M.R. JAMES (translator and editor). Robin JACQUES (illustrator). Hans Andersen Forty-Two Stories. London; Faber and Faber. 1954.
8vo. Original rose pink cloth with green lettering panel to spine blocked in gilt, in pictorial dustwrapper; pp. [viii], 9-346; with intricate illustrations in monochrome by Jacques printed full-, and half-page alongside other vignettes and chapter-headings; a near fine, uninscribed copy with a small blemish to fore-edge of book block, protected by a fine, unclipped dustwrapper (25s).
Second Jacques-illustrated edition; first issued the previous year.Montague Rhodes James' acclaimed translation, direct from the Danish, originally appeared in 1930, unillustrated. His version is so fluent and poetic that a contemporary reviewer claimed "it is almost impossible to believe that this is a translation".