Hans Christian Andersen's Paper Cuts in The Royal Library is the first publication of all paper cuts. They are shown in the order with which they appear in the respective collections.

The paper cuts in The Laage Petersen Collection were donated to the library after the death of the owner in 1949 as part of his huge collection of anderseniana. The paper cuts in The Portman Collection, too, were part of a larger collection of manuscripts which the library was able to buy in 1960.

In the coming years The Royal Library will make publications and documents available in order to illustrate important aspects of Hans Christian Andersens's life and work and on the occasion of his 200 year anniversary in 2005. This work is coordinated with corresponding initiatives at The Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Odense and The Hans Christian Andersen Centre at the University of Southern Denmark, and has only been possible due to substantial support from The HCA2005 Foundation.

Implementation and editing: research librarian Bruno Svindborg, Manuscript Department, The Royal Library.

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