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    Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Kinder- und Hausmärchen. Göttingen: Dieterich, 1837. First enlarged (unabridged edition), and third edition overall. An important presentation copy, inscribed by Wilhelm Grimm, "to dear Malchen Hassenpflug from her true friend..." Two volumes. Small octavo. xxviii, 513 [but see below]; vi, 385 pages. Each with steel-engraved frontispiece designed by Ludwig Emil Grimm and a decorative half-title lithographed in color by H. Delius. Original publisher's decorative colored lithographic paper over boards by H. Asmus, Berlin, printed by J. Storch; a bit scuffed and rubbed, corners bumped and worn, heads of spines pushed with minor losses, edges a bit worn, paper chipping with some loss along joints, backstrip faded and with areas of flaking. Bright blue colored endpapers, all edges trimmed and sprinkled. Inscription by Wilhelm Grimm to front pastedown of first volume strong and dark. Internally generally clean with some minor foxing. Very good.

    This printing, "dritte vermehrte und verbesserte Auflage," comprises the third printing of the full collection of fairy tales (up to that date), newly enlarged, and represents the first time it is referred to as the "Grosse Ausgabe," meaning large edition (in contrast to the 1825 "kleine ausgabe," or small edition, which contained 50 tales specifically for children). This is the first edition published by Dieterich (rather than Reimer, in Berlin). It follows the original edition of 1812-1815 (published as philological research) and the second edition of 1819-1822 (for parents), and now includes 167 fairy tales (numbered consecutively) as well as nine "Kinderlegenden" at the end (and a new forward). Subsequent editions appeared with stories added or subtracted (often because of unfavorable reviews arguing that some tales were not proper for children), and the last lifetime edition (the seventh, 1857) contained 211 tales.

    Presentation copy warmly inscribed on the front pastedown of the first volume by Wilhelm Grimm to Amalie Hassenpflug: "Dem lieben Malchen Hassenpflug / von seinem Treuen Freunde / Wilhelm Grimm. / Göttingen 23 October 1837. " ("To dear Malchen Hassenpflug from her true friend..."). This set is also signed by Miss Hassenpflug on the verso of the frontispiece of the second volume. The Hassenpflug family had one son and four daughters, and of these, three were important contributors to the Grimm's fairy tale collections - Marie (1788-1856), Johanna Isabella (known as Jeanette, 1791-1860), and the youngest Amalie (1800-1860), who was known to the Grimm brothers by the pet name "Malchen." In recent years it has been discovered that one of their most important sources of fairy tales, known as "Alte Marie" ("Old Marie") and previously believed to be a neighbor's old nurse, was in fact Marie Hassenpflug. She is thought to have contributed at least twenty tales while her sisters Jeanette and Amelie are known to have provided about ten tales each. While both brothers worked on this landmark project, it was Wilhelm Grimm (1786-1859) who actually wrote out the tales and continued to edit each subsequent edition.

    This set has two errors in pagination in the first volume: page numerals 159 and 160 are repeated and pages numerals 191 and 192 are skipped. Nevertheless, it is textually complete as confirmed by the numbering of its signatures. The frontispieces are re-engravings of those that first appeared in the second edition.

    This edition is not in Rümann, Hauswedell (Oppenheimer), or the more definitive German children's book bibliography Wegehaupt (which records copies of the first, second, and then the fourth, fifth, and sixth editions of the "Grosse Ausgabe").

    A remarkable rarity - in Justin Schiller's fifty-plus years of selling rare children's books, this set marks only the second time he has handled an inscribed volume of Grimm fairy tales.




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