Grimm’s Fairy Tales

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Grimm’s Fairy Tales


Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Noel Pocock, M. De V. Lee


Garden City, NY: Garden City Publishing Company, Inc.



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Brief Notes on Book

8 color plates
Inscription “Catherine | Christmas 1933 | From Daddy and Mother”


I am a sentimental collector. This is the book that started it all – my interest in illustrated magic, myth, and fairy tale books. It was owned by my mother and the first thing I pulled off our bookshelves when I learned how to read. These are not sugar-coated fairy tales or images. They both terrified and fascinated me as a very young reader – they still do.

I think the Brothers Grimm are relatively well-known so I would like to tell a bit about the illustrators of this book:
Ralph Noel Pocock (1878-1949) was a British illustrator who got his start by illustrating P. G. Wodehouse’s first two books in 1902 and 1903. He re-invented himself as a comic artist and an illustrator of fairy stories.

His 22 color plates for the British edition of Grimm’s Fairy Tales published by Henry Frowde Hodder & Stoughton in 1913 were described as being influenced by Maxfield Parrish. “The simple settings of Pocock’s illustrations are enhanced by a canny use of lighting to add dimension in darkly wooded areas.” This 1930 American edition of the book contains only 8 of the 22 color illustrations.

Manning de Villeneuve Lee (1894-1980) was an American illustrator of primarily children’s books and publications. In this edition of Grimm’s Fairy Tales his one-color illustration of “The Golden Goose” spans the front and back end sheets.

Kirkpatrick, Robert J. “R. Noel Pocock.” Bear Alley, 1 Jan. 1970,

Menges, Jeff A. Once upon a Time ...: A Treasury of Classic Fairy Tale Illustrations. Dover Publications, 2008.


Cheryl Ziegler




Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Noel Pocock, M. De V. Lee, “Grimm’s Fairy Tales,” Caxton Club Exhibits, accessed May 21, 2024,