This book is a reproduction of the one issued in the 1920s with illustrations by Kay Nielson. It might possibly be the most beautiful book I own. The pages are so thick, they are almost printed on card stock rather than paper. It is simply beautifully put together and the illustrations are amazing, both the black and white images in the text and the full colour plates.
The stories are wonderful tales most of which I'd not heard before. I liked the fact that the first one starts with a girl going on a quest to free her would be husband (instead of the boy rescuing the maiden as per normal). There are some lovely themes in this book and some interesting cultural differences to the fairy tales I'm used to reading. I loved the evil trolls, the fact that witches could be helpful, and that random people would help you on your way and everything has to happen three times.
I would very very highly recommend this book. It's simply gorgeous....Continua