Danger & Destiny in the Fairytales of the Brothers Grimm

Danger & Destiny in the Fairytales of the Brothers Grimm

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A celebration of the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Grimms' Fairytales by David Blamires, who wrote this text to accompany an exhibition that he curated across two Manchester venues: Chetham's Library and The Portico. Given our own interest in folk arts, we welcomed the opportunity to collaborate with him. As well as David's examination of the role of the forest in Grimm, he translated ‘Jorinde and Jorindel’ which has been appended with an illustration by Clifford Harper.

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Danger & Destiny falls into three parts. The first explains how the German original was compiled and altered by the Grimms through their various editions, a process similar to that accorded to the English translations.

The second part pays close attention to the role the forest plays in the tales. It is a setting of mystery and danger that is rarely described, yet well understood. These two sections of the book are illustrated with colour plates taken from a variety of editions, both English and German. As well as illustrating David's text, these illustrations follow the major technical developments in 19th-century printing from chapbook-style wood cuts to fine chromolithographs, ending with a reproduction of a 20th-century hand-coloured woodcut by Fritz Kredel, done for the Limited Editions Club, to complete the circle.

The book concludes with David Blamires' new translation of 'Jorinde and Joringel', one of the original tales of enchantment. Because a new translation demands a new illustration, we commissioned Clifford Harper to draw this one for us.

Danger & Destiny is printed on Zerkall paper with Bembo types. We printed six of the facsimile illustrations by letterpress, with seven additional tipped-in colour plates printed by Northends of Sheffield. An illustration designed specially for the fairy tale Jorinde and Joringel has been drawn by Cliff Harper and printed letterpress from a zinc plate. The book is 50 pages, 9 x 6 inches, and bound in a decorated paper designed by Alan Drummond with a cloth spine. The edition is limited to 300 copies.