The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (Taschen Edition)

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Mirror, mirror on the wall...A compilation of Brothers Grimm fairy tales complete with vintage illustrations

In honor of their 200th anniversary, The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm brings to life twenty-seven of the most beloved Grimm stories, including classics such as Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Hansel and Gretel, in a vibrant and meticulous new translation commissioned for this publication.

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Overview

Mirror, mirror on the wall...A compilation of Brothers Grimm fairy tales complete with vintage illustrations

In honor of their 200th anniversary, The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm brings to life twenty-seven of the most beloved Grimm stories, including classics such as Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Hansel and Gretel, in a vibrant and meticulous new translation commissioned for this publication.

Containing a selection of charming vintage illustrations from the 1820s to the 1950s by true masters of pictorial invention-—the legendary Kay Nielsen, bestselling children’s books author Gustaf Tenggren, British artists Walter Crane and Arthur Rackham, and giants of nineteenth century German illustration Gustav Süs, Heinrich Leutemann, and Viktor Paul Mohn, as well as many new discoveries—this compilation also features historic and contemporary silhouettes that dance across the pages like delicate black paper lace. In addition to the tales and illustrations, the book contains a foreword on the Grimms’ legacy, brief introductions to each fairy tale, and extended artists’ biographies in the appendix.

For adults and children alike, this opulent edition rekindles the eternal magic of the Grimms’ tales—the second most widely read collection of stories in the world after the Bible.

  • Features illustrations by famous artists from Germany, Britain, Sweden, Austria, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, and the United States in a unique format pairing one tale with one artist
  • Includes a new translation accessible to readers of all ages that is based on the final 1857 edition of the tales
  • Contains dozens of new, unique silhouettes specially commissioned for the book
  • As part of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register (which safeguards cultural documents), these tales are widely recognized as a vital part of world history


Following fairy tales are featured in the book:

The Frog Prince, The Wolf and the Seven Little Goats, Little Brother and Little Sister, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, The Fisherman and His Wife, The Brave Little Tailor, Cinderella, Mother Holle, Little Red Riding Hood, The Bremen Town Musicians, The Devil with Three Golden Hairs, The Shoemaker and the Elves, Tom Thumb’s Travels, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Rumpelstiltskin, The Three Feathers, The Golden Goose, Jorinde and Joringel, The Goose Girl, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Star Coins, Snow White and Red Nose, The Hare and the Hedgehog, Puss n’ Boots, The Golden Key

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This gorgeous treasury pairs new translations of 27 of the Grimm brothers’ fairy tales with vintage illustrations dating from the 1820s to the 1950s. Brief introductions offer insight into the symbolism, themes, and contemporary relevance of each tale. Though Price and Daniel’s translations feel modern (“Spare me the bawling,” the old woman tells Hansel and Gretel), they honor the darkness that characterizes “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Snow White,” and other tales. The images show striking range, from Walter Crane’s lush illustrations for “The Frog Prince” to Wanda Gag’s droll pen-and-ink drawings for “The Fisherman and His Wife.” The elegant presentation should entice readers to discover the cornucopia within. All ages. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews

Color and silhouette illustrations first seen in editions 50 to 150 years ago add an antique glaze to 27 stories newly translated from the Brothers Grimm's final and, as the editor puts it, "most child-friendly" versions.

Not to say that there aren't still plenty of violent and gruesome bits—from the ugly fates of Cinderella's stepsisters to the decapitated horse in "Goose Girl." With only rare exceptions, like the Brave Little Tailor, who swats flies that are "bugging him out of his mind," the language in these unabridged versions remains classically formal, more grand than intimate and conveying in the lighter stories more wit than laugh-out-loud humor. The art samples work from 27 illustrators, nearly all of whom were European, and likewise presents a range of elaborately stylized Princes, graceful Maidens, anthropomorphic animals and comical magical creatures in, usually, court or period costume. Printed in double columns of small type, the collection is designed for adult readers to read or read aloud, and for the grown-ups Daniel also includes analytical introductions, an opening appreciation of the Grimms' work as "the DNA of all fairy-tale scholarship," and long biographical notes on the illustrators. As a piece of bookmaking, it harkens back to more extravagant times, with a gold-stamped, purple cloth cover, many gilt pages, elaborate display type and scrollwork and two bound-in silk ribbons to act as bookmarks.

Though a bit of a patchwork with all the visual styles on display, this gathering of old favorites in their full, original forms collected in a lovely package should please fairy-tale collectors and bibliophiles alike. (translator's and historical notes, index) (Fairy tales. 7-11, adult)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783836526722
  • Publisher: Taschen America, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 87,817
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Brothers Jacob (1785–1863) and Wilhelm Grimm (1786–1859) were German academics and linguists who spent years collecting popular fairy tales and folk tales. Their resulting compilation of over 200 stories Kinder- und Hausmärchen (Children’s and household tales) is one of the most famous collections of tales in the world, influencing generations of writers, artists, academics, composers, filmmakers, and animators.

TASCHEN editor Noel Daniel graduated from Princeton University and studied in Berlin on a Fulbright Scholarship. She earned a master’s degree in London and served as director of a photography art gallery before becoming a book editor. Her TASCHEN books to date include The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen (2013), The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (2011), Magic 1400s–1950s (2009), and The Circus 1870s–1950s (2008).

Matthew R. Price has translated for leading theaters and publications in Germany and the US. A graduate of Princeton University, he studied in Berlin on a DAAD Fellowship, receiving his masters from the University of the Arts. After an early career producing theater, he earned an M.B.A. from Columbia University and lives in New York City.

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  • Posted October 8, 2011

    Fantastic!

    The art work is beautiful, gorgeous and I can appreciate the editor remaining as close to the original stories as possible. Readers will be surprised at some the endings of some of their favorite tales.

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

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    Gorgeous!

    This book is for the collector of beautiful books.
    Not only are they the original Grimm stories, but, the art work is fantastic!
    I no longer have small children,
    but, this book sits proudly among my art books.
    A must for lovers of aesthetics .

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