Over the years I seem to have accumulated a large collection of fairy and folk tales.
I have loved fairy stories since I was a child.
It was interesting to discover in adulthood the darker side to fairytales, but I’m sure I fell in love with them originally because they were so weird and otherworldly. One story I recall most vividly involved magic walnuts which when cracked open revealed splendid gowns and other glamorous accoutrements. Another favourite, The Goose Girl, features the talking head of a slain horse over an archway which dispenses advice to the ill treated heroine. I can’t remember what the first story was called, but no doubt it’s in one or other of books in my collection.
So I have complete collections of the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Perrault and all the Dover coloured Fairy Books (see above)
I bought some for their wonderful illustrations, for instance The Perrault Tales are illustrated by Heath Robinson, famous for his drawings of eccentric machines, but also a famous children’s book illustrator like his brother Charles Robinson.
Puss in Boots
The Friendly Frog
There will be more on Heath Robinson later, when I get to the art books on my shelves.