[still in the original boards] translated from the Kinder und Haus Marchen. From Oral Tradition. [In Two Volumes.] London: James Robins & Co. / Dublin: Joseph Robins Junr. & Co., 1825/1826. 10 pp preliminary ads in Vol I; 1 page terminal ads in Vol II. Original pink paper-covered boards with green cloth spines and printed spine labels, all page edges uncut.
First Edition in English of Vol II, and second edition of Vol I -- which is how this pair of volumes is often found, since the 1823 first edition of Vol I "is a rarity eagerly sought after by collectors of early children's books" [Quayle, in 1971]. That 1823 first volume was by a different publisher and in a different binding, but here, both the 1825 Vol I and the 1826 Vol II are by the publisher and in the binding that is standard for Vol II. (This second edition of Vol I includes a ten-page Preface not in the first.)~The volumes contain such tales as "The Travelling [Bremen-Town] Musicians," "Hansel and Grettel," "Rumpel-stilts-kin" and "Tom Thumb." Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, both professors of linguistics, collaborated in collecting these folk and fairy tales from the mouths of their country-folk; the tales had first been published in German in two volumes in 1812/1815. Included in these two volumes are engraved title pages plus nineteen (of twenty) plates by a young George Cruikshank.~As for condition, there is general wear to the edges of the boards and a little at the ends of the spines; about half of the Vol I spine label, and about a third of the Vol II spine label, have perished. There is occasional foxing, and the bottom half-inch of a rear free endpaper is torn away. Each half-title bears an 1828 inscription from father to son. It is amazing that these two volumes are still in their fragile paper-cover boards, more than 190 years after publication; the page edges are still uncut, as issued. Quayle CHILDREN'S pp 37-38. Housed in a cloth slipcase with leather label, with inner chemise. Item #13946