Kay Nielsen’s strik­ing wa­ter­colour il­lus­tra­tions come to life in this lim­ited edi­tion hard­bound book, writes Jeanna Lant­ing

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Taschen pub­lishes Kay Nielsen’s 21 il­lus­tra­tions of the Ara­bian Nights in a lim­ited edi­tion book

One Thou­sand and One Nights, also known as the Ara­bian

Nights, is a com­pedium of Indo-Per­sian and Ara­bic folk­tales that were compiled be­tween the 8th and 13th cen­turies. In the lat­ter por­tion of 1910, Dan­ish il­lus­tra­tor Kay Nielsen com­pleted his ren­di­tion of images that ac­com­pa­nied the col­lec­tion of sto­ries, and the re­sults were con­sid­ered mas­ter­pieces of the early 20th cen­tury. It was un­for­tu­nate that the pro­ject never came into fruition, as fi­nances were tight be­cause of the post-World War I cli­mate. The images were kept un­der lock and key for about 40 years, and were only pub­lished once in the ’70s.

Now, for the first time, all 21 strik­ing images will be pub­lished by Taschen for the first time in five colours, in­clud­ing gold. Each il­lus­tra­tion is placed on fine art pa­per in ex­tra-large for­mat, to bet­ter display Nielsen’s mas­tery of the skill and high­light his artis­tic in­flu­ences—from Art Nou­veau to In­dian paint­ing and Ja­panese wood­cuts. The 144-page hard­bound, A

Thou­sand Nights, is the only com­plete set of Nielsen’s works to have sur­vived. The chance to own this ex­cep­tional re­pro­duc­tion is lim­ited, since only 5000 copies will be printed.

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