London: Macmillan & Co., 1882. Walter CRANE. First Crane Edition. Leather bound. [LITERARY WORKS] [JUVENILE] [FAIRY TALES]. First Crane edition. 8vo; x,  2-269pp; navy levant Morocco, gilt-stamped frames to spine, gilt-paneled boards, 5 raised bands on spine; all edges gilt; marbled endpapers, binder’s stamp on verso ffep: “Wood, London” [Henry T. Wood, est. 1875]; illustrated half-title and title-page; 11 b&w plates including frontispiece; historiated caps, head- and tailpieces to each story; “R&RC Printer’s, Edinburg” [R & R Clark, Ltd. –Robert] device to verso last page; light shelf-wear to boards, leather burn to eps, lightly scattered foxing on fly-leaves and title page; very good plus. Very good. Item #1289
A collection of 52 Brothers Grimm stories with accompanying illustrations printed posthumously and illustrated by Walter Crane. The brothers, Jacob Ludwig Karl (1785-1863) and Wilhelm Carl Grimm (1786-1869), were German authors and folktale and legend collectors. Their stories remain favorites today among children and adults.
Included in this volume are the well-known Rapunzel, Hansel and Grethel, Tom Thumb, Snow-White, and Rumpelstiltskin. Walter Crane (1845-1915) was a prolific British artist and book illustrator who exerted a strong influence on late 19th and early 20th century children’s books. The illustrations on this book’s plates, head- and tailpieces, and illustrated caps are clear and lively.