Discover the perfect gift for the ladies in your life with our hand-picked collection of beautiful gift books for her. Mums, sisters, aunts, nieces, or even just for yourself, this list of gift ideas for women is full of wonderful books that will make lovely presents for any occasion.
Cinderella is one of the best-known stories of all time, originally written in the 17th century by French author Charles Perrault. It is here retold by C. S. Evans and illustrated by Arthur Rackham. Charles Seddon Evans (1883 – 1944) was an immensely well-respected writer, editor, and folklorist who brings this magical story to life.
Madame de Villeneuve’s Original Beauty and the Beast – Illustrated by Edward Corbould and Brothers Dalziel
Discover the story of a prince who loses his father at a young age, whose mother must wage war to defend his kingdom, and how he falls under a curse that transforms him into a Beast. Belle’s story reveals her true parentage and how, when her life is threatened, she is hidden under a false identity to protect her.
The Illustrated Alice in Wonderland presents work from the masters of the ‘Golden Age of Illustration’, including Arthur Rackham, Gwynedd M. Hudson, John Tenniel, W. Heath Robinson, and Milo Winter. The sheer variety of artistic responses to Charles Dodgson’s story is truly fascinating, attesting to the skill of the author and the pleasure the tale has brought to its readers.
Old French Fairy Tales is a collection of french folklore and fairy tales penned by Sophie Rostopchine, Countess of Ségur (1799 – 1874). The edition contains stories split into four categories: ‘Blondine, Bonne-Biche, and Beau-Minon’, ‘Good Little Henry’, ‘Princess Rosette’, ‘Little Gay Mouse’ and ‘Ourson’.
This edition of Grimm’s Fairy Tales contains thirty-six tales, selected by Elenore Abbott and decorated with her stunning colour and black-and-white illustrations. Included are such well-known and loved stories as ‘The Frog Prince’, ‘Hansel and Gretel’, ‘The Valiant Little Tailor’, ‘Cinderella’, ‘Snow White’, ‘Rumpelstiltskin’, ‘The Shoes Which Were Danced to Pieces’ and ‘Briar Rose’.
This volume of the Golden Age of Illustration Series contains Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Red Shoes’. This classic fairy tale features a beautiful collection of the best of that art, taken from the likes of Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, Harry Clarke, Honor Appleton, and Jennie Harbour, among others. This series of books celebrates the Golden Age of Illustration.
In this wonderfully unusual work, Kate Greenaway provides an enchantingly illustrated glossary of The Language of Flowers. It shares the tradition, sparked by renewed Victorian-era interest in botany and exotic plants – of using flowers as a means of covert communication.
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