- Leather Bound: 652 pages
- Publisher: Canterbury Classics; Lea edition (November 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1607103133
- ISBN-13: 978-1607103134
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,764 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales Leather Bound – November 1, 2011
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Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were German philologists and folklorists.
Ken Mondschein holds a Ph.D in History from Fordham University.
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Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm collected and published Germanic and European folk and fairy tales during the early to mid 19th century. Some of the world’s most classic and beloved stories have been published by them, including “Rumplestiltskin,” “Snow White,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Rapunzel,” “Cinderella,” “Hansel and Gretel,” and many more.
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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! :)
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.
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.
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
The further enjoyment of the book it that the cover is beautifully bound and the book has a strong, compact feel to it, i think it is leather-bound, with a picture of two owls in a forest leather-tooled into the cover. Also it it the complete collection of Grimm's Stories, with all 201 stories and 10 legends, so that should keep you busy with stories for a long time! One last thing there is a wonderful introduction in the beginning about the history of the Grimms Brothers and the historical time and background of these stories, their impact on the world and other fascinating information as well as a full page b & w picture of the Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm, the brothers who collected the stories. I love the Grimms tales, and how interesting that the the tales can be so Grimm, just like the Brothers real surname! I feel i have found an absolute treasure in this volumn one i will always keep, and if you are looking for a good Grimms Brothers volume this one really has everything+!.