[ART DECO]. GRIMM, The Brothers (authors). Joyce MERCER (illustrator). Grimm's Fairy Tales. London; Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd. .
4to. Original pictorial boards with wrap-around design in colours by Joyce Mercer; pp. [viii], 9-190; with a total of 8 coloured plates and numerous line drawings throughout; a pretty copy with very light dusting, rubbing to joints, edges, and corners, and a superficial scuff to head of spine (7mm x 5mm) exposing webbing, internally very good and sound with scattered light foxing, slim loss to bottom edge of one text leaf (29mm wide x 10mm deep), and a neat contemporary gift inscription, dated 1941, to front free endpaper; a scarce edition.
Apparently the first edition illustrated by Mercer: another undated copy in the V. & A. in green cloth-backed boards, with the speculative date of 1935, records only 5 coloured plates. A striking series of plates in Art Deco style which is very reminiscent of the work of Harry Clarke. Only 4 copies listed on Copac (Nat. Lib. of Scotland, Oxford, B.L., and V. & A.) with no additional copies on WorldCat.