Kay Rasmus Nielsen (1886-1957) is quite likely my favorite illustrator after Maurice Sendak. A contemporary of Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac, he grew up in Demark where he began his illustration carrier with books like In Powder and Crinoline & East of the Sun, West of the Moon. Throughout his career, he illustrated Arabian Nights, Tales from Hans Christian Andersen and Hansel and Gretel and Other Tales. In 1939 he left for California to work unsuccessfully for American illustration companies like Disney, eventually dying in poverty in 1957.
Download East of the Sun West of the Moon and Other Tales from the North illustrated by Kay Nielsen or pick up a reproduction at Logos for $30.00 from Calla Press.
To kick off our Public Domain Hour, I’d like to start with some of my favorite finds from the Internet Archive: fairy tales and children’s books. This week we bring you The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales from the Old French (1910), most of which you will recognize from the Charles Perrault stories, though these are retold by Aurthur Quiller Couch. This lovely edition is illustrated by Edmund Dulac, a favorite among the Logos employees. Below you will find the a link to a PDF version of the book, as well as an embeded book reader, which will let you browse the book from our website.
Download The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales from the Old French (1910) by Aurthur Quiller Couch, Illustrated by Edmund Dulac