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Have you looked at the Everyman's Library books? They're hardbound, gilded, with ribbon bookmarks.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Fairy-Everymans-Library-Childrens-Classics/dp/0679417966/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352694091&sr=8-1&keywords=everyman%27s+library+grimm

 

I know we have some books in this series, but I haven't read this particular one to know if it has that original, more rugged flair, sorry.

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When you say "unabridged", do you refer to individual stories (not further edited from what the Grimm brothers themselves did) or to wanting a "complete" collection of stories? Many of the nicely illustrated editions only contain some smaller number of stories, even if those stories individually are fairly faithful to the original Grimm versions. (The brothers themselves heavily edited and rewrote the stories that they collected from folk sources, and there are differences in their own works over time -- and various translations have been more and less faithful as well.) The Everyman edition that OhE mentions above is just "selected" Grimm tales (though not, I don't believe edited within those tales). Here's another edition that I think very beautiful -- but it only contains selected works.

 

This one is out of print (but still relatively easy to find) and has quite a number of stories (sixty or so), but not "all". It's a nice balance between "more stories" and "lovely illustrations". The Rackham illustrations are classics in their own right, and I think this is *enough* of the stories for anyone wanting a "good familiarity" without necessarily needing to read every story the brothers ever recorded.

 

If you want all of the stories in a pretty-on-the-shelf edition, I would go with this one, though I'm not sure of the illustrations. http://www.amazon.com/Grimms-Complete-Fairy-Tales-Wilhelm/dp/1607103133

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I think the Maria Tartar annotated edition might be what you're looking for.

 

Jack Zipes is another one of the leading critics on fairy tales. You might check out his version. http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Fairy-Tales-Brothers-All-New/dp/0553382160/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1353386064&sr=1-7

 

Zipes himself writes about liking the Mannheim translations: http://www.amazon.com/Grimms-Tales-Young-Old-Complete/dp/0385189508/ref=sr_1_11?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1353386064&sr=1-11

 

For fun, you might check out Shelly Duvall's Fearie Tale Theatre videos, which are entertaining and pretty good. Some are better than others. Somewhat more scary are Jim Henson's The Storyteller videos. There are several fairy tales in the mix.

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We have The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales from the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Grimms-Fairy-Tales/dp/0394709306/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1353435386&sr=1-1&keywords=0394709306

 

My version looks different with a different colored cover, but it's the same number of pages (880!), same intro, commentary and illustrator.

 

We did this one year as our long read aloud and it was a big hit. My boys loved these stories, and we had a lot of fun talking about the stories.

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I think the Maria Tartar annotated edition might be what you're looking for.

Jack Zipes is another one of the leading critics on fairy tales. You might check out his version. http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Fairy-Tales-Brothers-All-New/dp/0553382160/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1353386064&sr=1-7

Zipes himself writes about liking the Mannheim translations: http://www.amazon.com/Grimms-Tales-Young-Old-Complete/dp/0385189508/ref=sr_1_11?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1353386064&sr=1-11

For fun, you might check out Shelly Duvall's Fearie Tale Theatre videos, which are entertaining and pretty good. Some are better than others. Somewhat more scary are Jim Henson's The Storyteller videos. There are several fairy tales in the mix.

 

I have a number of Grimm editions. The most complete one I have is the one Jade linked to, the Jack Zipes translation. The tales are numbered, and there are 279. I wouldn't say that the volume is particularly handsome, but Zipes is one of the leading Grimm scholars today.

 

Just adding -- a number of the tales were published and republished in different original Grimm editions. I am not sure that I have ever seen a book that includes ALL the variations.

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Thank you all for the helpful comments and links. :001_smile: We certainly don't need every single tale. When I posted that I was getting irritated with what I could find locally. Apparently the PC versions are much more popular. :tongue_smilie:

 

We chose the Zipes book for the larger collection, but those pretty spines and illustrations in the other links are so much nicer for reading aloud to little ones. Annotated or Rackham, hmm...

 

We have The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales from the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library:

 

http://www.amazon.co...ords=0394709306

 

My version looks different with a different colored cover, but it's the same number of pages (880!), same intro, commentary and illustrator.

 

That cover brings back memories. I'll swear my childhood copy was a plain hardback with no illustration on the cover, but I can remember that illustration in black and white as well as I can remember my blue and silver cover.

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Do you have a good Brothers Grimm recommendation? I'm looking for an unabridged, un-disneyfied version, the handsome kind that sits on a shelf. (I know I can find most of them for free online.)

 

Love the un-disneyfied bit! If you can get a hold of The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales, check out the long entry on the harm Disney has done, lol. BTW, my dc went to a preschool that banned Disney, thank goodness.

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