New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1962. Corcos, Lucille. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Four volumes (complete), no. 351 of 1500 copies, quarto size, 990 total pp., signed by Lucille Corcos, with LEC Monthly Letter and announcement. Fine. Item #171031046
Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm (1785-1863 and 1786-1859, respectively), known as the Brothers Grimm, have popularised European folk tales such as "Rapunzel", "Cinderella", "Sleeping Beauty", and "Snow White", stories that have been intrinsic parts of European and American literature, read and loved by children and adults alike, and adapted countless times in fiction writing, theatre, and film.
This collection of Grimm fairy tales by the Limited Editions Club presents the stories in an attractive, four-volume set, with illustrations by Lucille Corcos (1908-1973), an American painter and book illustrator; her colourful depictions of the characters and scenery have an eerie magic, a haunting motion that brings together the darkness and playfulness found in the tales.
___DESCRIPTION: Full floral patterned cloth in green and white, green cloth spine label with gilt lettering and illustration, top edge stained green, title page with illustrated border in green by Lucille Corcos, line drawings in green and full-page watercolours by Corcos throughout each volume; linotype Janson, Curtis paper, quarto size (10.25" by 7"), pagination: Volume I: [i-iv] v-xxi [xxii] [1-2] 3-208 ; Volume II: [i-vi] vii-viii [ix-x] 215-482 ; Volume III: [i-iv] v-vii [viii-x] 487-720 ; Volume IV: [i-iv] v-viii [ix-xii] 727-934  [1 colophon], one of 1500 copies, this number 351, signed by Lucille Corcos on the colophon in Volume IV. Each volume in a slipcase covered in green paper, with beige paper spine label with green lettering and illustration. Loosely laid in Volume I is the announcement, one sheet, and the LEC Monthly Letter, one sheet folded once to make four pages, with a horizontal crease for mailing. Included also are pages from a "National Geographic" issue, of a story regarding the Brothers Grimm and the continued influence of their stories.
___CONDITION: Volumes are fine; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the bindings tight with solid hinges, the interiors are clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. The slipcases are near fine, strong and sturdy, clean overall but for a few stray marks, with only light wear at the corners; Volume I slipcase with a slight three-inch tear to the paper of the front board (a thin line, paper is not lifting). The announcement and Monthly Letter are near fine, clean, the Monthly Letter with a couple corners creases and some shallow creases to the margins.
___CITATION: LEC Bibliography no. 340.
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