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The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales Paperback – January 1, 2009
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I attached some photos of the Contents, just in case anyone was wondering what specific stories are included (although I do believe it's supposed to be a complete set--but I don't know Grimm's stories well enough to confirm that).
Hope my pics have helped! :)
The book itself has gold pages, red and gold highlights on the front, embossing and a red ribbon bookmark.
Other book details-
Introduction by: Ken Mondschein, PhD
Translation by: Margaret Hunt
This cloth hardcover volume is 8.1 x 10.1 INCHES, 320 PAGES, with 27 STORIES (versus the flexcover 5.4 x 7.7 INCHES, 192 PAGES, 14 STORIES The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm that, at roughly 1/3rd the price and practically identical-looking in online images, people mistake for being the same!).
It is as durable as it is displayable -- as complete as any "coffee table" book of Grimms' most popular classics could be, with page after page of brilliant illustrations by esteemed artists (whose biographies are provided). That's Taschen: its books are worth every (*pretty*) penny.
I cannot speak to this translation versus other English ones (note: the cover is not in German as Amazon displays), but there is a Translator's Note at the end. An index, too. And at the beginning, an introduction to Grimms', for the uninitiated.
Beautifully presented and told, it is an anthology for all ages to cherish.
Cummings had a daughter by a failed marriage who never knew who her real father was. His first wife had left him and married a weallthy man. The daughter was too young to recognize her real father at the time. The daughter grew up in a life of wealth and privilege which Cummings could not have provided.
Years later, after a heads up from a friend, Cummings arranged to run into his full grown daughter in New York. He did not have the courage at first to identify himself. He asked her to allow him to paint her (Cummings was also a painter, and his works are fascinating.) It was during the painting sessions that Cummings finally told her that he was her father.
These fairy tales were written at different times.. Some were written for the daughter before he met her, and some written for his grandchildren.
As usual with Cummings, in order to fully appreciate them,, you have to read them over and over, but that's certainly not a burden.
What I really dislike about this presentation is that they very stupidly chose to split the color illustrations up into pairs and throw them haphazardly throughout the entire book. This leaves you with irritating instances such as having the color illustration for Rapunsel and one of the ones from Hansel and Gretel directly in the middle of Little Red Riding Hood, even though there are only two color illustrations for LRRH anyway. This would lead any sensible human being to place the two related illustrations there instead of two completely unrelated ones, but sense was not to be found at Knickerbocker that day... It's inexcusably bad presentation and shows a lack of thoughtful design. Some illustrations are hundreds of pages away from their story for no reason at all. Barne's and Noble did this the correct way in their leather bound edition of the fables.
Another thing wrong with this edition that Barne's and Noble got right was using the now synonymous names for the stories instead of these obscure versions of the titles. This book has "Little Red-Cap", "Thumbling" (instead of Tom Thumb) and a few other oddities that add nothing to the book. The paper in this book is also incredibly thin--obnoxiously thin in my opinion.
I bought this edition because I thought the slip case and cloth binding looked really nice and are far less childish and girly than the Barnes and Noble leather bound edition. And it does look as expected and both the book and the slipcase are very sturdy and made to last, and I like the design of both. The black and white illustrations are done properly and if you're not bothered by the things I mentioned you'll appreciate how well made the book is even though its layout is glaringly foolish.