Hans Christian Andersen is the greatest writer of fairy tales there has ever been. It is nearly 130 years since his death and yet the appeal of his stories remains undiminished. Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales have enraptured generations of children for their expert balance of absurdity and common sense, fantasy and reality, tragedy and comedy. This book is a magnificent collection of 40 of his most magical works including the "Little Mermaid", "The Princess and the Pea", "the Tinderbox" as well as lesser known delights. Beautifully illustrated with exquisite watercolours and edged and picked out in sumptuous gold, the "Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" is a book for both young and old to treasure, and is the perfect book for children.