First edition, first printing of this considerably altered issue from Constable and Co.’s 1900 selection of Grimms’ Fairy Tales 40 colour plates by Arthur Rackham and with over 50 black and white illustrations throughout, and with a pictorially decorated titlepage printed in black and red. Thick, Royal 8vo, finely bound in three quarter red morocco over the publisher’s original red cloth-covered boards with elaborate gilt pictorial decoration and lettering on the upper cover, the spine six compartments in-between wide blind ruled raised bands, four compartments with a central gilt tool, two gilt lettered, addition gilt lettering at the foot, endpapers renewed, original half-title and rear blank present. xv, 325 pp. A handsome and desirable copy, internally very well preserved, fresh with only minor mellowing, much less then is typical on this title, the original cloth on the binding very bright, the morocco very fine. FIRST EDITION OF THIS MASTERWORK BY ARTHUR RACKHAM. VERY SCARCE. This is by far the better of the editions from Constable and Co., the 1900 selection had black and white illustrations only. For this edition, Rackham reworked the drawings, "generally overhauling them as a set, supplementing and omitting, with a view to the present edition." The present edition contains 40 beautifully coloured plates and 55 black and white drawings. One of Rackham's most elusive and most important titles. In the early 19th century Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm brought together a collection of ancient folk tales that had been passed from generation to generation throughout northern Europe. There are 60 in this edition – 'Rapunzel', 'Red Riding Hood', 'Hansel and Gretel' among them – which features the exquisite illustrations of Arthur Rackham. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: FAIRY TALES OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM Translated...
Publisher: London Constable and Company Ltd. 1909
Book Description London: Constable and Company Ltd., 1909., 1909. Hardcover. 4to. pp. xv, 325, . title in red & black within decorative border. 40 tipped-in colour plates (incl. frontis.) & numerous text illus. tissue guards with legends. A very good copy in original gilt-stamped vellum, top edge gilt, others uncut (silk ties present but detached, covers moderately spotted & soiled, a few marginal spots). Deluxe Edition, Limited to 750 numbered copies signed by Rackham. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # IGRe& GR18