Colour illustration of Rumplestiltskin

'Rumplestiltskin', an illustration from 'Gammer Grethel or, German fairy-tales and popular stories'. (London, 1839). [NLS shelfmark: Rob.II.7/2]


The curious title of this 1839 English edition refers to the name of the supposed narrator of the fairy tales.

She is modelled on Dorothea Viehmann, one of the most prolific contributors to the original collection by the brothers Grimm.

'Gammer Grethel' is subdivided into 12 evenings, with three to four tales to each evening.

This book featured in the 'Illustrating the Grimms' display at the National Library of Scotland, which ran from 19 September to 18 November 2012.

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