Berlin: G. Reimer, 1819.
2nd Edition. Hardcover. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. Very Good. Item #003672
1819-1822. Three parts in three volumes. 12mo (127 x 103 mm). lvi, 439  pp.; lxxi, , 304 pp.; vi, 441  pp. Illustrated with four etchings, being two additional titles and two frontispieces in the first two volumes, after Ludwig Emil Grimm. Contemporary uniform half calf and brown-marbled paper over boards, recornered and rebacked with original spine leather and lettering piece to vol. III preserved, original endpapers (spines rubbed with original gilt decoration mostly gone). Preserved in custom clamshell box. Light age toning of text and some minor spotting in places, short inner and upper margins, but without shaved text and touching page number on a single page (162 in vol. II) only. A tiny hole in p. 381/2 of vol. I; foot of p. 17/18 in vol. II reinforced with tissue paper, vol. II p. 187/188 with torn corner and short clean tear, tear at upper gutter of p. 289/90 repaired; short clean tear to p. 303/304 of vol. III; vol. II title repaired at inner margin. Provenance: from the library of Maurice Sendack*. A very good set, rarely found in uniform contemporary binding as here. ----
SECOND, AND FIRST ILLUSTRATED, EDITION. The "most famous collection of fairy tales in world literature" (Brunken/Hurrelmann/Pech) first appeared in two volumes in 1812 and 1815. The present, second and expanded edition contains an additional third volume with notes on the individual fairy tales, fragments and testimonies, as well as bibliographical references to the fairy tales of individual countries, which can be regarded as the "beginning of scientific fairy tale research" (Smidt). Also included in this edition (in contrast to the first edition) are the two frontispiece etchings and the two etched title pages by the younger brother Ludwig Emil Grimm. The frontispiece of the first volume reproduces a scene from the fairy tale "Brüderchen und Schwesterchen" (Little Brother and Little Sister). The portrait of the master tailor's wife Dorothea Viehmann (bound as frontispiece of the second volume) - who contributed significantly to the work of the Brothers Grimm with her extensive repertoire of stories - shows her idealized as an old Hessian peasant woman (Smidt). The etched title pages are almost identical, but the sheet in Volume 1 is framed and has the printed signature 'L. Grimm del. 1819. L. Haas sculp'.
The edition is very rare in this completeness, the third volume with the notes is often missing. After extensive private and public criticism of the first volume of the first edition of the 'Children's and House Tales' (by F. and A.W. Schlegel, Jean Paul, Arnim, Brentano, and A. L. Grimm, among others), Wilhelm Grimm, who at the time had almost completely taken over the editorship, was ready to make changes. In this sense, the processing of the 170 fairy tales of the second edition can be regarded the first step in the "transformation of children's and house fairy tales into increasingly poetic and childlike texts" (see Rölleke, in: Brunken/Hurrelmann/Pech). After these drastic changes at that time did not contribute to the sales success of the second edition (it took 18 years to sell the approximately 1000 copies printed), Wilhelm Grimm decided in 1825 to publish an illustrated selected edition based on the English model with the subtitle "kleine Ausgabe" (small edition), which included 50 of the most popular fairy tales. After that, the success of the Grimm Fairy Tales was not long in coming - whereby the present edition is regarded as the most important one in its history.
* Maurice Sendack (1928-2012) was an American illustrator and writer of children's books. He became most widely known for his book Where the Wild Things Are. Sendak contributed with amazing illustrations to Lorew Segal's translation of the Grimm classics in 1973. Together with Segal he chose 27 of the 210 tales for this edition. "That Sendak should gravitate to such a project is rather unsurprising. His strong opinions on allowing children to experience the darker elements of life through storytelling were rooted in an early admiration for the Brothers Grimm, who remained an influence throughout his career. He was also not only a lifelong reader, writer, and dedicated lover of books, but also a public champion of literature through his magnificent series of posters celebrating libraries and reading" (M. Popova, Where the Wild Things Really Are: Maurice Sendak Illustrates the Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm. In: themarginalien, 2015/04/29 online resource).
References: Wegehaupt, Alte deutsche Kinderbücher, I, 828-9 + III, 1253; Rümann 556; Borst 1154; Deneke/Teitge A 7 + 8; Brunken/Hurrelmann/Pech 849-875 u. 1371; Smidt, Expedition Grimm, pp. 67-75 + No. 52.
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