Arthur Rackham's The Illustrated Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales

The Illustrated Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales
by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, illustrated by Arthur Rackham.
Originally from 1909, this edition is by Portland House, 2001.

It's September 19.  For some folks, it's International Talk Like a Pirate Day.  Love it.  And somewhere I have some funny pictures of the girls wearing homemade pirate hats, carrying homemade looking glasses.  Yet I have no pirate books to share with you.  Maybe next year.  Instead, let us focus on the fact that one of the greatest illustrators of the Golden Age, Arthur Rackham, was born on this day in 1867, because ta-da!  I have a book to share with you!

I know these illustrations are better reproduced all over the internet.  You can buy the prints, you can pin them on Pinterest (um, i.e. my "Fairy Tales & Nursery Rhymes" pinboard).  But let us appreciate them in book form, with the original stories.  

In this copy, the black and white illustrations (which date from a 1900 edition, I believe) are scattered throughout the book with the actual tales, while the color illustrations (from 1909) are sandwiched in the middle of the book on their own.  

from "Hansel and Grethel"

from "Rumpelstiltskin"

from "Jorinda and Joringel"

from "Briar Rose"

from "The Frog Prince"

from "Rapunzel"

from "Hansel and Grethel"

from "Red Riding Hood"

from "Ashenputtel"

from "The Youth Who Could Not Shudder"

Here is Rackham's "Note by the Artist," found on the last page of the book.

This edition is now out of print.  You can find the listing for it on Amazon here.  There are other listings, as well, for newer editions and older, but I have no idea which is the best.  If anyone knows of a perfect copy, let me know!


  1. FUN!!!!!!!!! I Love me some Rackham!!!!!!! Love love love! I have an English Fairy Tales book illustrated by him. I've always hankered after this one though.

    He is the best, don't you think? Really really the best.

    1. I love how when you see a Rackham illustration, you know it's him. He had a definite style. So beautiful!

  2. I think I have seen these illustrations before but I never remember to buy it. Probably saw it in the library! It's a beautiful book!

    1. I love his fairy tales, and I love his version of Alice, but Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens illustrations are my favorite!

  3. He's really amazing. I have offered a book with a collection of his fairy tale drawings as a present, but we don't have any book of his yet. This is awesome, love his old-fashioned detailed style.

  4. I have a 1973 version that my 2nd grade teacher gave me. It's lovely. I need to reread it and choose some for bedtime reading aloud.

    1. Oh, how wonderful! I really need to score a worthwhile copy to own. This one is from the library. We've checked it out more than once!


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