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The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm Hardcover – October 4, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen; 9.4.2011 edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836526727
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836526722
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 8.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About 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.

Customer Reviews

I love this book which I purchased for my Grandsons.
Patricia
This book has all the classic Grimm tales you could want in a collection, but the real draw is the beautiful illustrations!
Cayse
Very nice book good art work just what I wanted for my reading of old stories.
patricia reinsch

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I'm a collector of beautifully-bound books and have been collecting the titles from Calla Editions over the last couple of years. I already have several copies of Grimm's Fairy Tales in different editions, and I could not resist Taschen's edition when I saw it here. Taschen's art books are really beautiful and of good quality, and when I received my copy of The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, I was mesmerized by the beauty of this edition.

Some reviewers have complained about the quality of binding. I have no such complaints as the edition I received was well-bound with no loosening of the binding. The book itself is bound in a purple cloth cover, contains two ribbon markers(one in pink and one in green),and the title of the book is embossed in gold-letters with a beautiful embossed illustration of Sleeping Beauty (on the front) and the castle (on the back).

This edition contains all-new translations of 27 fairy tales with reproduced artwork by the original illustrators of the various tales, dating from the 1820s to the 1950s. The book also contains an introduction by editor Noel Daniel titled "More Than Words Can Say: The Grimms' Enduring Legacy and the Art It Inspired." In his introduction, Daniel discusses several aspects of fairy tales, and there's lots of illustrations from older editions of fairy tales, as well as a gorgeous full-page illustration depicting Kay Nielsen's watercolor of "The Goose Girl".
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Shaney on October 14, 2012
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After reading the Frog Prince, I was quite surprised and checked other translations which were very different. These translations are not at all faithful to the letter and spirit of the originals--I checked with a German friend. They are rewritings of the story, in the spirit of the editors. More appropriate for children but not the Grimm thing.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By kk children's book collector on December 6, 2011
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I give this book 5 stars because it collects nearly all of my favorite children's book illustrators in a volume with brightened quality images that I will never be able to find or afford in original editions. I was pleased to see 19th century illustrators from Switzerland and Germany that are new to me. Editor Noel Daniel's title for his introduction on page seven, "More Than Words Can Say: The Grimms' Enduring Legacy and the Art It Inspired", is a better description of the purpose of this book than the title placed on the cloth cover. For fans of both graphic design and book design, it is a standout. Each story and its illustrator is introduced on coppery-gold pages (which will retain your fingerprints eventually, but this is not a bad thing) with white silhouette-style drawings from original black-on-white originals. The type of illustration (color lithograph, engraving, halftone print, hand-colored broadside,etc) are included with the original publication date and artist's name. Yes it does seem like the glue for attaching the cover is a little weak (in my book it is the top more than the bottom) and maybe this will be corrected on consequent print runs. I will also treat it with care and I can add some glue. On the plus side, heavy paper pages are tightly bound and there are 2 ribbon markers. At the end of the book, there are further biographical notes on each artist before translator notes, notes on the Grimms' 1857 publication, index, image credits and other notes. Buy it for the art.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Conscientious Shopper on December 1, 2011
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This book is a treasure and a delight. I bought it for my family and my two children are absolutely enthralled by it. The stories are presented in such a captivating narrative and the silhouette artwork throughout is stunning. The book is aesthetically beautiful and thoughtfully designed. We enjoy reading it as a family and additionally, my children love exploring it themselves. I must say that while a children's book by definition, it is equally enjoyable to the adult reader. The informative introduction, background provided to the tales and the fascinating biographies about the book's different artists all are all so interesting. We have enjoyed it so much that I gave a copy to the librarian at my children's elementary school and she was absolutely delighted to add it to the school's resources for the students and teachers. Definitely a wonderful book for families, adults and beyond!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Libby on December 13, 2012
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The first 16 pages of the copy I received were in German (including the title page and table of contents). At first I just though it was a German introduction, but then it abruptly switched to English mid-sentence. I checked a copy of the book at my local bookstore and confirmed that my amazon copy is indeed incorrect. There should be no German pages unless you order a German version! Check your book carefully if you purchase from Amazon.

Apart from that mishap, the correct version of the book is beautiful. I ended up purchasing it at a local bookstore (for the full $39.99) instead of from Amazon, because I wanted to make sure I got a correct copy, and because I ran out of time before Christmas.

Its worth noting though, for any fellow designers/illustrators, that the illustrated pages shown on this product listing are the best illustrations in the book. By that I mean that most of the rest of the illustrations are underwhelming if you are looking for more of the flat, graphic style that is shown on the cover and the selected pages. Not all of the illustrations are done in the same style, rather each Fairy Tale has its own illustrations from separate artists. Some of them were not to my personal taste. However, the metallic gold "introduction" pages found throughout the book sort of made up for it :)
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