London: Constable & Co., 1909. First edition. Number 642 of 750 copies of the deluxe limited edition. Book Very Good+ on account of soiling to the vellum covers, lacking the original ties. Internally, the book is in excellent condition and complete with all 40 color illustrations tipped in.
The collection of classic fairy tales, brought to life by one of the world’s most foremost book illustrators. The Brothers Grimm collection of stories was first published in 1812, with 86 stories. The Brothers collected their tales from numerous sources, from paupers to aristocrats, and then edited and rewrote the stories as they were anthologizing them.
Arthur Rackham was one of the great illustrators of the early 20th century, a period which is referred to as the “golden age” in British book design. His works were produced in both limited and mass market editions as there was a large market for ornately illustrated books before the First World War. Rackham used a unique style, thought to mix European and East Asian influences, that involved both pen and India Ink as well as watercolor. His work was displayed all over Europe – and received awards at International Exhibitions in Milan and Barcelona and Rackham would influence heavily many illustrators, especially those of children’s books, who came after him. "Rackham's illustrations to Grimm, Hans Andersen or Poe show him at his most imaginative and observant of human nature, while his gnomes, fairies and gnarled anthropomorphic trees in Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens or A Midsummer Night's Dream represent his more fantastic side.... He was - and remains - a soloist in front of an orchestra, a player with the responsibility to interpret and add a personal lustre to great works with variations of infinite subtlety and grace." ["Arthur Rackham: A Life with Illustration," by James Hamilton, Pavilion Books, Ltd., London, 1990] Very Good + (Item #5281)