German Fairy Tales and Popular Stories. As Told by Gammer Grethel. Translated from the Collection of M.M. Grimm by Edgar Taylor. With Illustrations from Designs by George Cruikshank and Ludwig Grimm.
Grimm, [Jacob, Wilhelm, and Ludwig].

London: Joseph Cundall, 1846. First Cundall edition of a work published in 1823-26 as German Popular Tales. For the present edition, the work was revised and rearranged with an emphasis on the tales rather than on literary criticism. Title page printed in black and red. Engraved frontisportrait. Engravings by Byfield from George Cruikshank's and Ludwig Grimm's designs. Binding extremities lightly rubbed. Cloth slightly soiled and toned. Very minor foxing, the occasional small stain, and slight browning to edges. A very good copy. Orange cloth stamped decoratively in blind and gilt, rebacked with original gilt-decorated spine laid down. All edges gilt. Twelvemo. [2], xii, [2], 350 pp. (Item ID: 16574)


"The collection, from which the following Tales are mainly taken, is one of great extent, obtained for the most part by MM. Grimm from the mouths of German peasants. The results of their labors ought to be peculiarly interesting to English readers, inasmuch as many of their national tales are proved to be of the highest Northern antiquity, and common to the parallel classes of society, in countries whose populations have been long and widely disjoined...Our Gammer Grethel, the supposed narrator of the stories [existed] under a different name. She was the Frau Viehmännin, the wife of a peasant in the neighborhood of Hesse-Cassel; and from her mouth, a great portion of the stories were written down by MM. Grimm..." (from the preface, pp. iii-v).

These tales include some of Cruikshank's (1792-1878) best work. Ruskin called his illustrations for Grimm "the finest things, next to Rembrandt's, that, as far as I know, have been done

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