BAUER, John (illustrator). John Bauer's Bästa. Ett Urval Sagor Ur Bland Tomtar Och Troll [A Selection of Tales Among Gnomes and Trolls, Years 1907-1915]. Stockholm; Åhlén & Åkerlunds Förlag. 1937.
Large 4to. Original full mottled calf over limp boards, spine with 4 raised bands, lettered in gilt, plain edges, marbled endpapers; pp. [x],11-91; with photographic portrait frontispiece in sepia, guarded by tissue, and 19 very large and glorious coloured plates accompanied by 7 black-and-white vignettes; externally near fine with very minor rubbing to edges and corners, internally remarkably clean with the occasional fox-mark to margins, short, closed, and unremarkable tears (longest 40mm) from lower gutter of 2 plate margins to bottom edge, a small brown stain (1cm) to bottom gutter of four consecutive text leaves, slight internal cracking, and minor evidence of handling to lower forecorner of some leaves with some faint creasing.
Second Swedish collected edition, first issued the previous year, enlarged with an additional 5 black-and-white vignettes. Assembled here are seven Swedish fairy tales by Elsa Beskow and others. The stories included are: "Sagan Om Ålgtjuren Skutt Och Lilla Prinsessan Tuvstarr"; "Broder Martin"; "Bortbytingarna"; "Pojken Och Trollen Eller Åventyret"; "Sagan Om De Fyra Stortrollen Och Lille Vill-Vallareman"; "Når Trollmor Skötte Kungens Storbyk" and "Guldnycklarna". Bauer's artwork is reproduced in this book on a generous, and impressive, scale.