Friday, July 28, 2006

Beautiful editions of illustrated fairy tales

I've spent the past couple of weeks looking for and collecting some beautiful and interesting editions of fairy tales and the like, and will spend the next couple of days putting up pictures of the illustrations and information for those who are interested in that sort of thing. So expect to see pictures and info from the following books:

The Annotated Wizard of Oz - beautiful oversized book, with voluminous annotations and pages of pictures and information that tracks the history of Frank L. Baum and The Wizard of Oz

The Annotated Alice - from the same collection as the Annotated Wizard.

The Twelve Dancing Princesses - Ill. by Kay Nielsen (one of the greats from the Golden Age of illustrators, and my personal favorite)

Easton Press edition of House of Mirth - Easton Press is a specialty press that prints beautiful leather-bound editions of classics and modern favorites. They're also known for their hardbound, often signed, editions of sci-fi classics and Hugo/Nebula winners.

Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass - The editions illustrated by Mervyn Peake, many people are not aware that Mervyn Peake famous for his Gormenghast trilogy was also an illustrator for Alice, I will be displaying some of the images throughout the book here. Mervyn Peake's illustrations for the book stand out to me as one of the most interesting. I will provide more info over the weekend.

There are other books that I am still looking for, but look for interesting pictures and information on editions of your favorites in the next couple of weeks

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