Portland [ME]: Lamson, n.d. Photograph. Wonderful SIGNED photograph (2-1/2" x 3-7/8") of Hans Christian Andersen seated at a small table and holding an open book. On the otherwise blank verso of the photograph, Andersen has written, in English, "The first moment of arrival at home is however the Bouquet of the whole voyage!" with his full SIGNATURE below: "Hans Christian Andersen." The photograph was given to George Helm Yeaman who had been appointed by President Abraham Lincoln to the post of Minister Plenipotentiary to Denmark where he served under the Grant Administration initiating conversations which eventually resulted in the purchase of the Virgin Islands. At the end of Grant's Administration, he returned to New York and it was at this time that Andersen gave him the inscribed picture. With the original description and folder of Walter Benjamin Autographs. Fine. Item #020626
Hans Christian Andersen (1805 - 1875) was a prolific writer in many genres but is best remembered for his 156 fairy tales including "The Emperor's New Clothes," "The Little Mermaid," "The Red Shoes," "The Princess and the Pea," "The Snow Queen," "The Ugly Duckling," "The Little Match Girl," and "Thumbelina."