RACKHAM, Arthur (illustrator). The Bros. GRIMM (authors). Hansel & Grethel & Other Tales [and] The Snowdrop & Other Tales. London; Constable & Co. Ltd. 1920.
4to. 2 vols.; both volumes in publisher's navy blue cloth pictorially decorated in gilt to spine and upper board, top edges blue, lower edges untrimmed; pp. xii + 159 + [i]; xii + 165; with pictorial title-pages, 40 fine coloured plates mounted-at-large, and a total of 57 illustrations throughout in line and silhouette; remarkably and uncommonly good copies, both in near fine condition, with the usual dulling to spine gilt, some bruising to spine ends, minor rubbing to corner tips and a tiny knock to bottom forecorner of upper cover; internally fine, crisp, and uninscribed, with an engraved ex libris label of the same owner to both front pastedowns.
First separate editions illustrated by Rackham. This extensive collection of 60 fairy tales which includes, along with the title stories, "The Twelve Dancing Princesses", "Rapunzel", "Tom Thumb", "Rumpelstiltskin", "Red Riding Hood", "The Elves and the Shoemaker", "The Wolf and the Seven Kids" and "The Frog Prince", was first presented in a comprehensive edition entitled The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm issued by Constable in 1909. Being a fat and unwieldy tome, especially in the hands of children, in 1920 Constable decided to divide the work into two separate books, for ease of handling.