My bookshelves are lucky enough to hold a scarce dust jacketed copy of this beautiful book. At time of writing, there is only one comparable copy (with the very scarce jacket) advertised on-line at a price which makes my eyes water! Not wishing to make your eyes water I thought it would be a nice idea to share some of the beautiful images with you.
The Fairy Tales of Perrault with pictures by Harry Clarke (1889-1931), published by Harrap in 1922.
"He brought them home by the very same way they came"
"Fanny would rather be fair in drugget than be a queen with an ugly face"
I’m rather puzzled by the use of the word drugget in the above quote. My understanding of drugget is a wool or partly wool fabric formerly used for clothing or a coarse cloth used as a floor covering or a cotton and wool rug. French droguet, diminutive of drogue trash.
I think it must imply that Fanny (rather an unfortunate name) would rather be fair and dressed in rags than ugly and dressed in finery. Is that how you read it?
"Am I come hither to serve you with water, pray?"
"The marquis gave his hand to the princess"
"He asked her whither she was going"
"Away she drove, scarce able to contain herself for you" (Detail from)
"Any one but Cinderilla (Cinderella) would have dressed their heads awry"
"Little Thumb was as good as his word, and returned that same night with the news"
"Riquet with the tuft appeared to her the finest prince upon earth"
"This man had the misfortune to have a blue beard"
Thanks for calling in I hope your week is going well...