grimmI believe that every house should have a nice bound volume of The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, whether or not there are kids around.  The original text of these stories is still wonderful to read as an adult and you will find many of the stories much darker and nuanced than the Disney-fied versions we are most familiar with.

The awesome publishing house, Taschen, has produced a wonderful bicentennial edition of brothers Jacob and Wilhelm’s enduring tales. In Taschen’s volume, many of the Brothers Grimm stories have been compiled along with an incredible collection of the artwork that has been created to adorn these stories over the centuries.

About Taschen’s collection of The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm edited by Noel Daniel: “In honor of their 200th anniversary, The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm brings to life twenty-seven of the most beloved Grimm stories, including classics such as Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Hansel and Gretel, in a vibrant and meticulous new translation commissioned for this publication.  Containing a selection of charming vintage illustrations from the 1820s to the 1950s by true masters of pictorial invention-—the legendary Kay Nielsen, bestselling children’s books author Gustaf Tenggren, British artists Walter Crane and Arthur Rackham, and giants of nineteenth century German illustration Gustav Süs, Heinrich Leutemann, and Viktor Paul Mohn, as well as many new discoveries—this compilation also features historic and contemporary silhouettes that dance across the pages like delicate black paper lace.”

The new translation and the classic artwork make the Taschen version of The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm a nice way to bring these stories into your home.  Or, if you like the hunt, look for a nice vintage version as you go about your picking rounds. But beware, not all Grimm books are the same.  With the tales long in the public domain there are many versions out there with little provenance to the original text.  This being one reason Taschen’s book is so great.

This book may also help me fill in some of the blanks I have watching NBC’s hit series Grimm – which I love.

Taschen also offers a wonderful The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm calendar featuring some of the great vintage artwork from their compilation book.

Taschen’s The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm is also available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.