Original manuscript translation of 'The Little Mermaid'. Translated from the German by Miss H.C. Sterling with illustrations by A. Maynard. Hans Christian ANDERSEN.

Original manuscript translation of 'The Little Mermaid'. Translated from the German by Miss H.C. Sterling with illustrations by A. Maynard.

Boston? 1856.

Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front endpaper: 'To my mother from H.C.S.'. A significant manuscript as it is possibly the first American translation of ˜The Little Mermaid'. Hans Christian Andersen is the most translated author of all time so the discovery of this early American translation is exciting. The fourteen illustrated leaves in ˜The Little Mermaid' are by a skilled unrecorded female artist, stated as 'A. Maynard' on the title-page. The fine steel-point drawings are executed with balance and competence in a neoclassical style. Item #1149

Original illustrated manuscript dated 1856, 36 pages, frontispiece and decorated title-page with 12 original illustrated leaves, oblong quarto, bound in beautiful nineteenth-century gilt tooled limp green morocco, some darkening at the gutter edge, in exceptionally fine condition.

Price: $8,250.00