Carte-De-Visite [CDV; Carte de Visite] SIGNED / SUPERB ASSOCIATION

Carte-De-Visite [CDV; Carte de Visite] SIGNED / SUPERB ASSOCIATION

Andersen, Hans Christian

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Place Published: Copenhagen
Publisher: Georg E. Hansen
Book Id: 6405


An EXCEPTIONAL ORIGINAL SEPIA-TONED CABINET PORTRAIT OF HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN seated in a chair next to a table on which there sits a stack of books. This is a striking image with strong contrast in which Andersen is seen wearing a dark suit as he looks off to the left of the image while holding a book or notebook tucked under his arm. The image resides on a stiff Photographer's mount measuring approximately 6 3/8 inches X approximately 4 1/4 inches and bearing the imprint of Georg E. Hansen, Phot. Kjobenhavn [Photographer Copenhaven], with the image and imprint all contained within a red border. The card's verso contains a SIGNED PRESENTATION IN DANISH FROM HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN TO HIS ENGLISH PUBLISHER which reads [in translation]: "G. Bentley Esq. A warm greeting from your friend Hans Christian Andersen". The image and card are in Fine condition with very minor creases and only a slight touch of soiling -- A SUPERB ASSOCIATION piece involving a prominent author and his English Publisher. George Bentley's father, Richard Bentley (1794-1871) served as the primary publisher of Andersen's works in English since the firm's 1845 publication of Mary Howitt's translation of Andersen's "The Improvisatore: Or, Life in Italy" (Andersen's first book to appear in English). As stated in the Dictionary of National Biography, 1901 supplement: "From 1859 onwards [George Bentley (1828-1895)] largely shared with his father...the business of publishing.... After his father's death in 1871, he had a very arduous task, as the resources of the firm had been crippled owing to a decision of the House of Lords denying copyright in England to works by American authors.... However, Bentley, by his energy, perseverance, and tact, eventually placed the business on a more solid basis, with the result of reaping great pecuniary gain. Under his guidance the firm greatly improved its position both in the trade and in public estimation. The office of publisher in ordinary to her majesty, which his father had enjoyed, was continued to him and to his son." The Bentley firm's publication of the first of Andersen's books to appear in English translation was a substantial and critical step in the development of Andersen's fame and worldwide success. The year 1845 heralded a breakthrough for Andersen with the Bentley publication in English of "The Improvisatore: Or, Life in Italy" and the publication of "The Little Mermaid", one of his most popular fairy tales, in the periodical Bentley's Miscellany. Andersen had long desired to have his work published in English in order to widen his market and add to the profitability of his endeavors, and the Bentley publications greatly aided his efforts to achieve the desired results. His fairy tales have now been translated into more than 125 languages, some of his most famous being "The Emperor's New Clothes", "The Little Mermaid", "The Nightingale", "The Snow Queen", "The Ugly Duckling", "Thumbelina" and many more. Finding an Andersen CDV in as nice a condition as is this one is far from easy. Signed examples in any condition are quite difficult to find, and SIGNED ASSOCIATION COPIES, ESPECIALLY ONE PRESENTED BY ANDERSEN TO ONE OF HIS MOST IMPORTANT PUBLISHERS, ARE AS SCARCE AS HEN'S TEETH. A SUPERB ASSOCIATION COPY OF AN EXCEPTION EXAMPLE OF A HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN CARTE-DE-VISITE. RARE.

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