The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm 1909 Edition

Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm – Rackham’s Definitive Storybook Triumph

Since catapulting to fame in 1900 visualizing the Brothers Grimm’s tales, Arthur Rackham revisited his breakout triumph for this climactic 1909 edition featuring 40 full-page mounted color paintings, 55 line drawings, and lavish decoration. This career-defining tour de force representation the stories cemented Rackham’s legacy as inheritor to 19th century giants like Gustave Doré, capturing atmosphere and psychology through precision so attuned with texts that his immortal scenes felt integral to fairy tales themselves.

Follow the fairy light to fantasy’s peak before the portal closes forever!

Buy Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

The ultra rare 1909 signed limited edition of Brothers Grimm with Rackham’s crowning storybook visions.

  • 40 mounted color plates and 55 line drawings spanning classics like Hansel and Gretel
  • Completed his career-defining Grimm interpretations over a decade
  • The holy grail for collectors of Rackham, fairy tales, fantasy art, book arts, or children’s literature
  • The apex of Golden Age gift book production meeting imaginative brilliance

For collectors, Rackham Grimm’s remains holy grail epitomizing fantasy ascendance as high culture reflecting societal modernism concerns. Its visionary hybridity transfixed the child within Edwardian minds by revealing liberation promises beyond their crumbling conventions.

Limited Edition (1909):

  • Cream vellum binding with gilt edges, silk ties, etc. (325 pages + Rackham artwork);
  • Limited to 750 numbered copies signed by Rackham for sale in Great Britain and Ireland.

Trade Editions:

  • UK: Red cloth binding with mounted color plates (325 pages)
  • US: Green suede boards with color plates (325 pages)


  • Limited Edition: 8 3⁄4 x 11 1⁄2 inches
  • Trade Editions: 7 1⁄4 x 10 inches


The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
Illustrated by Arthur Rackham
Translated by Mrs. Edgar Lucas
Constable & Company Ltd.

Illustrations by Arthur Rackham: 40 mounted color plates, 55 black & white drawings; decorated endpapers (UK trade edition)


  • UK: Constable & Co. Ltd.
  • US: n/a

Personally signed by Arthur Rackham to certify its limited edition authenticity, this oversized quarto fine press production stretches nearly 13 inches tall. The top edge flashes gilt contrasting the rough lower trim with untrimmed deckled edges, evoking antique charm. Bound in rich vellum, a central gold stamped goose girl decoration and intricate corner pieces reflect iconic Grimm scenes from inside.

There, 40 mounted color plates on heavy card stock feature Rackham’s painting mastery through subtle tone gradients. captioned tissue guards carefully interleave stories, protecting images like precious gallery works rather than mere child amusement. These dynamic scenes also populate a separate folio printed for display purposes. Surrounding stories, 55 energetically composed line drawings inhabit printed margins with faeries, stags, and forests.

Weighing over six pounds with medieval-style bindings, this is a substantial tome emanating Rackham’s emergence as a singular creative force embracing cutting-edge stylistic stranger seducing Victorian minds toward radical empathy amidst their societal collapse. Just as these lavish limited editions reached mania during the 1900-1920 Golden Age of illustration, this pinnacle Grimm statement encapsulates publishing craft channeling fantasy’s irresistible power conquering imaginations like an unbound genie escaping its bottle forevermore.

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