If the names Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, Charles Perrault and Carlo Collodi mean anything to you, then you know Walt Disney isn't the only one who left a fairy tale legacy. Long before animated films were even imagined, fairy tales were part of an oral story telling tradition, then later printed and translated. Cinderella can be traced back to China in 9th century A.D, but in the Western world, it was first printed in 1634 as The Cat Cinderella by Italian writer Giambattista Basile. It appeared in his story collection The Pentamerone, alongside the earliest versions of Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and Puss in Boots.

As fairy tales were popularized, prolific illustrators like Rackham, Dulac and Gustave Doré made their mark in collections by the Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian Andersen. Dulac actually wrote his own fairy books, but is best known for his contributions to traditional tales. And then came Disney, who made his fairy tale debut with Snow White and the Seven Dwarves in 1937.

From original watercolor illustrations of Cinderella and Disney production cels, to luxe editions of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan and vintage children's books, we've curated a magical list of art and books for the most discerning fairy tale collector.

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