Few things from our childhood are as culturally universal as fairy tales, particularly those collected by the Brothers Grimm. These stories — Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Puss ‘n Boots, and many more — have been reinterpreted and retranslated over and over around the world. An integral part of the experience and enjoyment of stories like these is the imagery, of course. After all, often some of our first experiences with stories comes from looking at illustrations while the text is read aloud. In what we think is a fairly brilliant move, Taschen’s Noel Daniel has created a new compendium of some of the most well-loved Grimm fairy tales, each accompanied by the best vintage illustrations he could find, culled from the hundreds of adaptations, translations and reissues of the stories from the 1820s through the 1950s. In addition, the book’s layout is accented by lovely original silhouettes from the 1870s interwoven with new silhouette designs created specifically for this publication. The only downside is that the collection doesn’t come out until September, but click through for some images of the stunning illustrations to whet your appetite, and we’re pretty sure you’ll be pre-ordering your copy on the quick.
From The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm. All images via Caustic Cover Critic