Gift ideas: Illustrated classics!

When browsing through illustration blogs, such as the glorious 50 Watts, I always find myself exclaiming over the work of the Golden Age illustrators, who rose to prominence in the 1880s-1920s. Hard to resist the intricate details, lengthened limbs and elegant-yet-grotesque attitudes of their various characters.

In that spirit, here are several Golden-Age-illustrated classic tales and fables currently in at the store.

The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault, illustrated by Harry Clarke: I love Clarke's work, more of which can be seen here. Bears many similarities to Aubrey Beardsley's illustrations. Delightfully beautiful and creepy.

Hard to tell from the lighting here, but the cover is actually turquoise blue

"This man had the misfortune to have a blue beard"

The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (ed. Noel Daniel), in which each tale is illustrated by a different artist, including Golden Agers Kay Nielsen, Arthur Rackham, and Jessie Wilcox Smith.

Silhouette by Elsa Dittman
The Twelve Dancing Princesses, colour illustration by Kay Nielsen
Sleeping Beauty: silhouettes by Dora Polster, colour illustration by Herbert Leupin

The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Other Fairy Tales, retold by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, illustrated by Kay Nielsen: I am also a huge fan of Nielsen's work, more of which can also be found on 50 Watts!

These would surely make lovely gifts for a whole range of ages!

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