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Grimm, M. M.
German Popular Stories
C. Baldwyn and James Robins and Co: London, 1823. 2 vols 8vo. The first English edition of both volumes of Grimm's famous collection of fairy tales, representing an important literary landmark and also featuring some of the best work of the most famous illustrator of the nineteenth century, George Cruikshank. Volume one is the correct first issue, with no umlaut above "Marchen". The books are bound in recent straight grain black morocco, with gilt lettering and tooling, marbled endpapers, al edges gilt. Very slight foxing and toning here and there with humb marks to some leaves, the illustrated pages have suffered more from browning and foxing in volume one, a couple of neat professional repairs, slight offsetting to plate facing pages in Vol. II. Volume one is lacking the half title, half title present in volume II. A smart, attractive set of a work that forms the very foundation of everything we know and expect from a folk tale; includes the usual suspects in their earliest collected forms: Hansel and Grethel, The Frog Prince, Rumplestiltskin, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel. Ruskin said of this edition: "If you ever happen to meet with the two volumes of "Grimm's German Stories" which were illustrated by him long ago, pounce on them instantly; the etchings in them are the finest things, next to Rembrandt's, that, as far as I know, have been done since etching was invented." .
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