New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1973. 1st Edition. 12mos, publisher's brown cloth, spine and upper board gilt, black endpapers, original dust jackets, original paperboard slipcase covered in orange paper and with pastedown to upper panel.
First edition of a 1973 two-volume box set of Brothers Grimm stories, translated by Lore Segal and illustrated by Maurice Sendak, who jointly chose the 27 stories collected here. The collection includes such classics as “Hansel and Gretel” and “The Frog King” as well as lesser-known works such as the title story, “The Juniper Tree.” Amidst the rise of the Romantic movement in the late 18th century, the Brothers Grimm collected and published ancient German folktales, popularizing stories such as “Rapunzel” and “Little Red Riding Hood.” Their classic volume Children’s and Household Tales was published between 1812 and 1815, and by the time they published their seventh and final edition in 1857 the collection had grown to encompass more than 200 stories. Maurice Sendak was a legendary children’s author and illustrator, considered the most important children’s book artist of the twentieth century, in part due to such classics of his as Where the Wild Things Are and The Sign on Rosie’s Door. He was famed for his unsettling imagery and his commitment to including themes of darkness in his children’s stories, creating atmospheres both dreamlike and nightmarish at once. Black-and-white illustrations throughout both volumes. Lightest soiling to slipcase. Fine. Item #3485