Title page image from 'German popular stories'

Illustration of children seated round an old woman telling stories

George Cruikshank's llustration from the title page of 'German polular stories' (London, 1823).


Translated by Edgar Taylor, 'German Popular Stories' contained a selection of 31 tales from the Grimms' 'Kinder- und 'Hausmarchen'.

Taylor's was the first translation of the fairy tales into English. The Grimm brothers' scholarly notes were included at the end of the book.

This was also the first edition to include illustrations, and it became enormously popular — even inspiring the Grimms to model their new edition of 1833 on it.

In the 'Illustrating the Grimms' display was Sir Walter Scott's copy of this edition, on loan from the Faculty of Advocates Abbotsford Collection Trust.



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