Snowdrop and Other Tales – Illustrated by Arthur Rackham
Snowdrop and Other Tales was originally published in 1909, and contains a collection of classic fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm – all beautifully illustrated by Arthur Rackham. The stories include: ‘Briar Rose, ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’, ‘Clever Hans’, ‘The Goosegirl’, ‘The Seven Ravens’, ‘Ashputtel’, ‘Clever Grethel’, and many more.
The Brothers Grimm are perhaps the best known folklorists of all time. Jacob (1785–1863) and Wilhelm Grimm (1786–1859), were German academics, linguists, cultural researchers, lexicographers and authors – who together specialized in collecting and publishing folklore during the nineteenth century. The popularity of their collected tales has endured well; they have been translated into more than 100 languages, and remain in print in the present day. This is a text to be appreciated by young and old alike; extraordinary for its literary as well as artistic significance.
The book further contains a series of dazzling colour and black-and-white illustrations – by a master of the craft; Arthur Rackham (1867-1939). One of the most celebrated painters of the British Golden Age of Illustration (which encompassed the years from 1850 until the start of the First World War), Rackham’s artistry is quite simply, unparalleled. Throughout his career, he developed a unique style, combining haunting humour with dream-like romance. Presented alongside the text, his illustrations further refine and elucidate the Brothers Grimm’s enthralling narratives.