Andersen, Hans Christian, Danish poet (1805-1875). Nye Eventyr og Historier. Tredje Samling. With autograph inscription signed.

Copenhagen, C. A. Reitzel, 1859.

8vo. (8), 79 pp. Bound with both original giltstamped cloth-structured wrappers in later half cloth.


First edition. Inscribed by the author on flyleaf to Therese Henriques (1833-83), in whose home Andersen was a frequent visitor during the last 15 years of his life: "Fru Therese Henriques som fra Pjanoet forstaaer at fortælle digterisk Eventyr og Historier bringes denne lille Bouquet med hjertelig Hengivenhed H. C. Andersen" ("Mrs. Therese Henriques, who from the piano understands how poetically to weave fairy tales and stories, is given this little bouquet with heartfelt devotion. H. C. Andersen").

Henriques's house was full of life and happy days as a large circle of both Danish and foreign musicians and artists visited the salons and parties held there. The friendship with Henriques was actually established in August Bournonville's home, where the poet first heard the young, talented Therese Henriques play the piano. Immediately, a warm friendship between the two was kindled, and it would last a lifetime. Provenance: descendants of Henriques family.

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