Do you know the story of Hansel and Gretel? The fairy tale is found in this book, from 1925, which collects some of the best-known tales of the Brothers Grimm.
Which tales can you read here?
This collection contains the stories of ‘Hansel and Gretel’, ‘The Juniper Tree’ and ‘Rumpelstiltskin’. The stories are beautifully illustrated by Kay Nielsen, with a title page in striking red and black ink. Each illustration takes a full page, and has a different colour palette.
Who were the Brothers Grimm?
The Brothers Grimm were two German brothers who collected local folklore and old tales from across Europe that had been retold for generations.This included works such as ‘Cinderella’, ‘The Frog Prince’, ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and ‘Snow White’. Some of the older versions of the stories are considerably more violent than the ones that we tell now, and not all of them have happy endings.
The Grimm brothers were not only collectors of stories, but also university researchers. As well as their work on fairy tales, they also wrote German Mythology and The History of the German Language, and contributed to the writing of the German dictionary. But the legacy left behind by their collections of folk tales far outstrip the popularity of any of their academic writings. Even today children continue to read their tales, either in original or rewritten versions.
Who was Kay Nielsen?
Kay Rasmus Nielsen (1886–1957) was a Danish artist who later emigrated to the United States. He illustrated many collections of fairy tales, folk stories and myths. He is regarded as one of the illustrators of the ‘golden age of illustration’, which is usually viewed as lasting from roughly 1880 to 1920.