English Fairy Tales – Illustrated by John D. Batten


English Fairy Tales – Illustrated by John D. Batten

English Fairy Tales is a wonderful collection of original English fairy tales written by Joseph Jacobs. These stories are some of the most famous and best-loved fairy tales from English folklore, including such stories as ‘Tom Tit Tot’, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and others. English Fairy Tales is sure to be enjoyed by children and lovers of folklore now just as they always have been, and it would make for a fantastic addition to family collections. The tales include: “Tom Tit Tot”, “The Three Sillies”, “The Rose-Tree”, “The Old Woman and Her Pig”, “How Jack Went to Seek his Fortune”, “Mr. Vinegar”, “Nix Nought Nothing”, “Jack Hannaford”, “Binnorie”, “Mouse and Mouser”, “Cap o’ Rushes”, “Teeny Tiny”, “Jack and the Beanstalk”, and many more.

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 ‘More English Fairy Tales’, his illustrations further refine and elucidate Joseph Jacob’s enchanting narratives.


With works such as English Fairy Tales, Pook Press celebrates the great Golden Age of Illustration in children’s literature – a period of unparalleled excellence in book illustration from the 1880s to the 1930s.
Our collection showcases classic fairy tales, children’s stories, and the work of some of the most celebrated artists, illustrators and authors.
We publish rare and vintage Golden Age illustrated books, in high-quality colour editions, so that the masterful artwork and story-telling can continue to delight both young and old.
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