Are you having trouble finding the perfect gift for the men in your life? Brothers, Fathers, Sons, Friends, Teachers whoever they may be, we’ve listed our top 5 book recommendations from our Gift Books for Him Collection to give you some inspiration.
Treasure Island – Illustrated by N. C. Wyeth
A swashbuckling tale of pirates, maps and treasure. The story begins with an old sailor who appears an inn on the west English coast, talking of a sea chest and secret treasure map. When the sailor dies, his charge is left with Jim, the innkeeper’s son, who discovers the chest and map. In no time, Jim is swept into a dangerous quest on the high seas, privy to plots, murder, and mutiny – some while concealed in an apple barrel. A truly entertaining, action-filled tale that stands the test of time.
The Rhinegold and The Valkyrie – The Ring of the Nibelung – Volume I – Illustrated by Arthur Rackham
Based loosely on characters from the Norse sagas this wonderfully illustrated book is the first volume of the music drama from German composer Richard Wagner. Translated into English by Margaret Armour, the chief components include ‘The Rhinegold’ – the prelude, ‘The Valkyrie’- the first day of the trilogy, ‘Siegfried’ – the second day of the trilogy, and ‘The Twilight of the Gods’ – the third day of the trilogy. The edition of ‘The Rhinegold and The Valkyrie’ is accompanied throughout by a series of dazzling illustrations by Arthur Rackham.
The Children of Odin – Illustrated by Willy Pogany
The Children of Odin is a classic collection of Norse Mythology, containing tales of the God Odin – a mighty deity associated with healing, death, royalty, the gallows, knowledge, battle, sorcery, poetry, and frenzy. Odin is attested as having many sons, most famously the god Baldr – and his children are known by hundreds of names. This text comes in three main parts: ‘The Dwellers in Asgard’, ‘Odin the Wanderer’, and ‘The Witch’s Heart.’ Padraic Colum pens the tales and decorated with the whimsical black and white drawings of Willy Pogany. Colum (1881 – 1972) was an Irish poet, novelist, dramatist, biographer and playwright – and a passionate collector of folklore.
With works such as The Children of Odin – Illustrated by Willy Pogany, Pook Press celebrates the great ‘Golden Age of Illustration‘ in children’s literature…
The Jungle Book – With Illustrations by John Lockwood Kipling & Others
Dramatised by Disney in recent years, this book contains Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 collection of short stories that make up The Jungle Book. First published in magazines between 1893 and 1894, the tales of this volume represent fables featuring anthropomorphic animals that convey various moral messages. The most famous stories include ‘Rikki-Tikki-Tavi’, the tale of a brave mongoose, and ‘Toomai of the Elephants’, the story of a young elephant-handler. This timeless and beautifully illustrated collection would make for ideal bedtime reading and is well-deserving of a place on the family bookshelf. Illustrated by his father John Lockwood Kipling, along with W. H. Drake and Paul Frenzeny.
Tales of Passed Times – Illustrated by John Austen
Tales of Passed Times is a collection of Charles Perrault’s fairy tales, accompanied by the beautiful illustrations of John Austen. A French nobleman and writer, Perrault (1628 – 1703) was among the first writers to bring magical children’s stories into the literary mainstream, proving to his original seventeenth-century readers (and those in the present day!) that such works were important, enjoyable, as well as thought-provoking. The stories in this particular text include such favourites as ‘Blue Beard’, ‘Little Red Riding-Hood’, ‘Sleeping Beauty’, ‘Puss in Boots’ and ‘Cinderella’ – as well as other, less well known tales such as ‘Riquet of the Tuft’, ‘Little Thumbling’ and ‘Princess Rosette.’ These stories of Tales of Passed Times accompanied by a set of dazzling colour illustrations from a true master of the ‘Golden Age of Illustration’ – John Austen (1886 – 1946).
Stories of King Arthur – Illustrated by Arthur Rackham
The Stories of King Arthur are retold here, by A. L. Haydon (1872 – 1910), and presented alongside the illustrations of Arthur Rackham. King Arthur is a legendary British leader of the late fifth and early sixth centuries, whose story is manly composed from ancient folklore and literary invention. This volume tells of his legendary adventures. It contains chapters on ‘King Arthur’s Birth’, ‘King Arthur’s Marriage’, ‘Sir Galahad and the Quest for the Holy Grail’, ‘The Jest of Sir Dagonet’, ‘The Sword of Excalibur’, and many more thrilling knights, maidens, and quests.
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