Celtic Fairy Tales – Illustrated by John D. Batten
‘Celtic Fairy Tales’ is a collection of twenty-six classic stories from mainland Europe and the British isles, collected by Joseph Jacobs, and accompanied by the masterful black-and-white illustrations of John D. Batten. It includes such tales as ‘Connlaand the Fairy Maiden’, ‘Guleesh’, ‘The Field of Boliauns’, ‘The Horned Women’, ‘Conal Yellowclaw’, ‘The Sprightly Tailor’, and many more. Joseph Jacobs (1854 – 1916), was an Australian folklorist, literary critic, historian and writer of English literature, who became a notable collector and publisher of English folklore.
John Dickson Batten (1860 – 1932), was a British figure painter, as well as a book illustrator and printmaker. He illustrated almost all of Jacob’s works, including, English Fairy Tales (1890), Celtic Fairy Tales (1892), Indian Fairy Tales (1912), and European Folk and Fairy Tales (1916). In addition, Batten is also celebrated for his delicately rendered imaginings of Arabian Nights and Dante’s Inferno. Presented alongside the text of ‘Celtic Fairy Tales’, his illustrations further refine and elucidate Joseph Jacob’s enchanting narratives.