single page item is a reproduction of the first page of Hans
Christian Andersens classic story, The Little Mermaid.
It makes for a terrific piece to frame and decorate a study
page is standard 8.5" x 11" in size and has been
hand antiqued via our own unique paper aging process to achieve
a look you wont find anywhere else.
actual page contains the following text (though please note
that the formatting and font will be different as viewed on
this page see photo for exact formatting and look!):
Hans Christian Andersen
out in the ocean, where the water is as blue as the prettiest
cornflower and as clear as crystal, it is very, very deep;
so deep, indeed, that no cable could sound it, and many church
steeples, piled one upon another, would not reach from the
ground beneath to the surface of the water above. There dwell
the Sea King and his subjects.
must not imagine that there is nothing at the bottom of the
sea but bare yellow sand. No, indeed, for on this sand grow
the strangest flowers and plants, the leaves and stems of
which are so pliant that the slightest agitation of the water
causes them to stir as if they had life. Fishes, both large
and small, glide between the branches as birds fly among the
trees here upon land.
the deepest spot of all stands the castle of the Sea King.
Its walls are built of coral, and the long Gothic windows
are of the clearest amber. The roof is formed of shells that
open and close as the water flows over them. Their appearance
is very beautiful, for in each lies a glittering pearl which
would be fit for the diadem of a queen.
Sea King had been a widower for many years, and his aged mother
kept house for him. She was a very sensible woman, but exceedingly
proud of her high birth, and on that account wore twelve oysters
on her tail, while others of high rank were only allowed to
was, however, deserving of very great praise, especially for
her care of the little sea princesses, her six granddaughters.
They were beautiful children, but the youngest was the prettiest
of them all. Her skin was as clear and delicate as a rose
leaf, and her eyes as blue as the deepest sea; but, like all
the others, she had no feet and her body ended in a fishs
antiqued paper is delicately laced with a subtle hint of gold
in the creases creating an almost magical look. (Although
its difficult to catch with a camera, you can see in
the image below how the shimmering is caught in the light)
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