Magical Gift Books for Young Adults – A Gifting List

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Inspire nostalgia and magic with the gift of a book from our Gifts for Young Adults collection. The perfect keepsake gift for the teenagers in your life, this carefully chosen gifting list will help you make the best choice.


The Beauty and the Beast Story – and Other Tales of Love in Unexpected Places (Origins of Fairy Tales from Around the World)

Rediscover their love for this much-loved story. Told all over the world for centuries, this enchanting tale’s history is rich. From the ancient love story of ‘Cupid and Psych’ and the winged snake with three heads from Russia to the Italian fire-breathing dragon and the classic French tale of ‘La Belle et La Bête’. This edition from our Origins of Fairy Tales from Around the World series is a collection of seven versions of the fairy tale, making it a nostalgic and educational read for lovers of this wonderful story.

Beauty and the Beast Story - Fairy Tale Origins

 

 

This volume explores the phenomenon that similar beauty and the beast stories appear again and again in different cultures…

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Beauty and the Beast – And Other Tales of Love in Unexpected Places (Origins of Fairy Tales from Around the World)

Beauty and the Beast – And Other Tales of Love in Unexpected Places (Origins of Fairy Tales from Around the World)


 


 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – with Arthur Rackham Illustrations

Telling the tale of a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by surreal and anthropomorphic creatures, this book plays at the heart of logical problems and literary nonsense – giving the lasting narrative popularity with adults and children alike. This edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – with Arthur Rackham Illustrations portrays a wonderland which could disturb as often as it enchanted; a dark place depicted in dark browns, greens and greys – giving a beautiful and ethereal nature to Alice’s imaginary realm.

Alice in Wonderland - with Arthur Rackham illustrations

 

 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is the best-known work of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832 – 1898) – better known by his pen name, ‘Lewis Carroll’…

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The Dreamer of Dreams – Illustrated by Edmund Dulac

The book starts with the enigmatic phrase, ‘And I dream in my waking dreams, and deep in the dreams of sleep’ – and continues in this fantastical vein. The story tells of a beautiful young artist who dreams a pair of enchanting eyes – and gives up all his work to find them. The pervading pathos and melancholy of the story ensure its appeal for both adults and children, with a gentle beauty captured by Dulac’s images. This edition of The Dreamer of Dreams contains a set of dazzling illustrations by a true master of the ‘Golden Age’; Edmund Dulac.

 

 

 

The Dreamer of Dreams was originally penned by ‘Marie, The Queen of Roumania’, and is presented here, alongside the splendid illustrations of Edmund Dulac…

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The Dreamer of Dreams - Illustrated by Edmund Dulac
The Dreamer of Dreams - Illustrated by Edmund Dulac


The Little Mermaid – The Golden Age of Illustration Series

Re-live the wonder and magic of this tale through a beautiful collection of the best art, taken from the likes of Arthur Rackham, W. Heath Robinson, Harry Clarke, Honor Appleton, Anne Anderson, Edmund Dulac, among others.  From the series of books specifically dedicated to celebrating the Golden Age of Illustration, this classic fairy tale has been continuously in print in different editions since its first publication, with many, many, different artists illustrating the story over the years.

 

 

 

The ‘Golden Age of Illustration Series’ has sourced the rare original editions of Hans Christian Andersen’s books…

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The Little Mermaid - The Golden Age of Illustration Series
The Little Mermaid - The Golden Age of Illustration Series


 

Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen – Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

Take them back to their youth with this collection, Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen. It contains many of Hans Christian’s best-loved tales. Illustrated with the charming colour plates and black and white drawings of Arthur Rackham. The stories include: ‘The Ugly Duckling’, ‘The Snow Queen’, ‘The Steadfast Tin Soldier’, ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’, ‘Thumbelina’, ‘The Princess and the Pea’, ‘The Little Match Girl’, ‘The Little Mermaid’, and many more.

Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen - Arthur Rackham

 

 

 

Though simple at first glance, the ‘Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen’ often convey sophisticated moral teachings…

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The Tinder-box by Arthur Rackham