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"The Fairy Book" (1913)

 

Illustrated by Warwick Goble

 

 

The collection of classic tales within "The Fairy Book" arose from a selection composed by Mrs Dinah Craik that was first published in 1863

(the 1913 Edition was the First Edition carrying illustrations by Goble). Craik's Preface to the original edition provides a thoughtful introduction

to the collection thus:

 

A preface is usually an excrescence on a good book, and a vain apology for a worthless

one; but in the present instance a few explanatory words seem necessary.

 

This is meant to be the best collection attainable of that delight of all children, and of

many grown people who retain the child-heart still - the old-fashioned, time-honoured

class Fairy-tale. It has been compiled from all sources - far-off and familiar; when

familiar, the stories have been traced with care to their original form, which, if foreign,

has been re-translated, condensed, and in any other needful way made suitable for

modern British children. Perrault, Madame d'Aulnois, and Grimm have thus been laid

under contribution. Where it was not possible to get at the original of a tale, its various

versions have been collated, compared, and combined; and in some instances, where

this still proved unsatisfactory, the whole story has been written afresh. The few real

old English fairy tales, such as "Jack the Giant-Killer", "Tom Thumb", etc., whose

authorship is lost in obscurity, but whose charming Saxon simplicity of style, and

intense realism of narration, make for them an ever-green immortality - these have

been left intact; for no later touch would improve them. All modern stories have been

excluded.

 

Of course, in fairy tales instruction is not expected - we find there only the rude moral

of virtue rewarded and vice punished. But children will soon discover for themselves

that in real life all beautiful people are not good, nor all ugly ones wicked; that every

elder sister is not ungenerous, nor every stepmother cruel. The tender young heart is

often reached as soon by the imagination as by the intellect: and without attempting

any direct appeal to either reason or conscience, the Editor of this Collection has

been especially careful that it should contain nothing which could really harm a child.

 

She therefore trusts that, whatever its defects, this Fairy Book will not deserve a

criticism, almost the sharpest that can be given to any work - "that it would have

been better if the author had taken more pains."

 

 

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Cover of 'The Fairy Book' (1913), illustrated by Warwick Goble

To the left, we show a rare First Edition copy of "The Fairy Book" (1913)

carrying the illustrations of Warwick Goble.

 

This example retains the original decoratively embossed gilt-stamped

turquoise cloth cover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the right, we show the unassuming

Title Page to this First Edition.

Title Page of 'The Fairy Book' (1913), illustrated by Warwick Goble  

 

 

The splendid colour suite prepared by Goble for "The Fairy Book" (1913) remains sympathetic to the Victorian-era sensibilities pursued by Craik in her collection of tales,

while imbibing the illustrations with a rich palette and detail typical of his earlier coloured work.

 

The critical reception of Goble's illustration upon release was most favourable, as indicated by the review published in "The International Studio" (Vol. 51, 1914):

 

Mr Warwick Goble's pictures are thoroughly typical of the high standard reached in the best

colour illustration of to-day, and we are sure this volume will find favour with the best critics

of books such as these, namely, the children who receive them as presents.

 

 

Our Greeting Cards and Fine Art Posters showing the artwork of

Warwick Goble from "The Fairy Book" (1913)

 

 

     
Greeting Card sample showing a Warwick Goble illustration from ''The Fairy Book'' (1913)

 

Front of Greeting Card

(with envelope)

For connoisseurs of Goble's work, we have prepared sets of 32 Greeting Cards (approximately 7x5" on premium

acid-free card stock) displaying each of his colour images for the First Edition of "The Fairy Book" and on

the left and right, we show an example of how these Greeting Cards appear.

 

 

 

 

 

Code: WG FB CS(32)
Price: US$160.00

Greeting Card sample showing the tipped-on information to the rear regarding the profiled illustration, ''The Fairy Book'' (1913) and Warwick Goble

 

Rear of Greeting Card

(with envelope)

 
 

 

   

When presented on Greeting Cards, these images are prepared as tipped-on plates - in 'hommage' to the hand-crafted

approach typical of prestige illustrated publications produced in the early decades of the 20th Century. Each card is

hand-finished and the images are presented on Ivory card stock with an accompanying envelope. The rear of each card

carries information about Warwick Goble, this wonderful suite and the profiled illustration - we have left the interior of the

cards blank so that you may write your own personal message.

 

Should you wish to order a reproduction print of one or more of these images, we have provided some options below.

Each of our Fine Art Posters is prepared with archival quality papers and inks - and also accompanied by information

about Warwick Goble, this suite and the profiled illustration.

 

To purchase, simply click on the appropriate "Add to Cart" button and you will be taken through to our Shopping Cart

secured through PayPal. Multiple purchases will be consolidated by that feature and shipping and handling costs to any destination in the world are accommodated by our flat-rate fee of US$20 for every US$200 worth of purchases.

 

Of course, should you wish to discuss some customised options, we welcome your contact on any matter through

ThePeople@SpiritoftheAges.com.

 

In the meantime, enjoy perusing these wonderful images from Warwick Goble.

 
Fine Art Poster sample showing a Warwick Goble illustration from ''The Fairy Book'' (1913)

 

An example of one of our Fine Art Posters

in a superb 14x11" format

 

 

 

Warwick Goble - the colour illustrations for "The Fairy Book" (1913)

 

 

   
Warwick Goble - 'Little Red-Riding-Hood' from ''The Fairy Book'' (1913) Warwick Goble - 'The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood' from ''The Fairy Book'' (1913) Warwick Goble - 'Hop-o'-my-Thumb' from ''The Fairy Book'' (1913) Warwick Goble - 'Cinderella; or, The Little Glass Slipper' from ''The Fairy Book'' (1913)    

Little Red-Riding-Hood

"Is it very far from hence?" asked

the wolf

(Frontispiece)

 

The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood

A young girl of wonderful beauty lay asleep

on an embroidered bed

Hop-o'-my-Thumb

Hop-o'-my-thumb ... knew well enough how

to lead them safe home, as he had taken

care to drop the white pebbles he had in

his pocket along all the way he had come

 

 

Cinderella; or,

The Little Glass Slipper

The only remnant of her past

magnificence being one of her

little glass slippers

 

 

   

Fine Art Poster (11x18'')

Code: WG FB C1 11x18
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (14x11'')

Code: WG FB C2 14x11
Price: US$55.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (14x11'')

Code: WG FB C3 14x11
Price: US$55.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (11x18'')

Code: WG FB C4 11x18
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

   
Warwick Goble - 'Adventures of John Dietrich' from ''The Fairy Book'' (1913)  Warwick Goble - 'Beauty and the Beast' from ''The Fairy Book'' (1913) Warwick Goble - 'Little One Eye, Little Two Eyes, and Little Three Eyes' from ''The Fairy Book'' (1913) Warwick Goble - 'Jack the Giant-Killer' from ''The Fairy Book'' (1913)    

Adventures of John Dietrich

When the cock had now crowed for

the third time ... the little men stole

down and disappeared

Beauty and the Beast

At last she remembered her dream, rushed

to the grass-plot, and there saw him lying

apparently dead

 

Little One Eye, Little Two Eyes,

and Little Three Eyes

And she climbed up and easily

broke off a branch, with its silver

leaves and golden fruit, and

handed it to the knight

 

 

Jack the Giant-Killer

When the lady came she gave the

handkerchief to the magician

 

 

   

Fine Art Poster (11x18'')

Code: WG FB C5 11x18
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (14x11'')

Code: WG FB C6 14x11
Price: US$55.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (11x18'')

Code: WG FB C7 11x18
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (11x18'')

Code: WG FB C8 11x18
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

   
Warwick Goble - 'Tom Thumb' from ''The Fairy Book'' (1913) Warwick Goble - 'Rumpelstizchen' from ''The Fairy Book'' (1913) Warwick Goble - 'Fortunatus' from ''The Fairy Book'' (1913) Warwick Goble - 'Riquet with the Tuft' from ''The Fairy Book'' (1913)    

Tom Thumb

The butterfly took wing, and

mounted into the air with little

Tom on his back

  

Rumpelstizchen

Are you sometimes called Rumpelstizchen?

 

 

Fortunatus

The lady then gave him a purse

Riquet with the Tuft

Riquet with the Tuft appeared

in her eyes the most elegant

young man she had ever seen

 

 

   

Fine Art Poster (11x18'')

Code: WG FB C9 11x18
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (14x11'')

Code: WG FB C10 14x11
Price: US$55.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (14x11'')

Code: WG FB C11 14x11
Price: US$55.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (11x18'')

Code: WG FB C12 11x18
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

   
Warwick Goble - 'House Island' from ''The Fairy Book'' (1913) Warwick Goble - 'Snow-White and Rose-Red' from ''The Fairy Book'' (1913) Warwick Goble - 'Jack and the Bean-stalk' from ''The Fairy Book'' (1913) Warwick Goble - 'Graciosa and Percinet' from ''The Fairy Book'' (1913)    

House Island

So at night, when all were asleep, he led the

trembling Aslog over the snow and ice-fields

away to the mountains

 

 

Snow-White and Rose-Red

The compassionate children

instantly seized hold of the little

man, held him fast, and struggled

so long that the eagle let his

prey go

 

 

Jack and the Bean-Stalk

Jack ... seized the hen, and ran off

with her, ... reached the top of the

bean-stalk, which he descended

in safety

Graciosa and Percinet

As soon as the rods touched her, they

turned into bundles of feathers

 

   

Fine Art Poster (14x11'')

Code: WG FB C13 14x11
Price: US$55.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (11x18'')

Code: WG FB C14 11x18
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (11x18'')

Code: WG FB C1511x18
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (14x11'')

Code: WG FB C16 14x11
Price: US$55.00

 

 

 

   
Warwick Goble - 'The Iron Stove' from ''The Fairy Book'' (1913) Warwick Goble - 'The Invisible Prince' from ''The Fairy Book'' (1913) Warwick Goble - 'The Woodcutter's Daughter' from ''The Fairy Book'' (1913) Warwick Goble - 'Brother and Sister' from ''The Fairy Book'' (1913)    

The Iron Stove

At evening-tide she climbed up

into a little tree, and purposed

spending the night there, for fear

of the wild beasts

 

 

The Invisible Prince

"Madam," said he, "since I have had the

honour to serve you, I know not any other

happiness that I can wish for."

 

The Woodcutter's Daughter

These beasts of prey were instantly turned

into three little lambs

Brother and Sister

The king took the beautiful maiden on his

own horse and conducted her to his castle

 

 

   

Fine Art Poster (11x18'')

Code: WG FB C17 11x18
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (14x11'')

Code: WG FB C18 14x11
Price: US$55.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (14x11'')

Code: WG FB C19 14x11
Price: US$55.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (14x11'')

Code: WG FB C20 14x11
Price: US$55.00

 

 

 

   
Warwick Goble - 'Puss in Boots' from ''The Fairy Book'' (1913) Warwick Goble - 'The Fair One With Golden Locks' from ''The Fairy Book'' (1913) Warwick Goble - 'The Butterfly' from ''The Fairy Book'' (1913) Warwick Goble - 'The Frog-Prince' from ''The Fairy Book'' (1913)    

Puss in Boots

You have but to give me a sack,

and a pair of boots such as

gentlemen wear when they go

shooting

 

 

The Fair One With Golden Locks

Avenant delivered up his phial; the owl flew with

it into the grotto, and in less than half-an-hour

reappeared, bringing it quite full and well corked

 

 

The Butterfly

The fairy there welcomed her majesty

The Frog-Prince

The king's daughter was overjoyed when she

beheld her pretty plaything again, picked it

up, and ran away with it

   

Fine Art Poster (11x18'')

Code: WG FB C21 11x18
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (14x11'')

Code: WG FB C22 14x11
Price: US$55.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (11x18'')

Code: WG FB C23 11x18
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (14x11'')

Code: WG FB C24 14x11
Price: US$55.00

 

 

 

   
Warwick Goble - 'The White Cat' from ''The Fairy Book'' (1913) Warwick Goble - 'Prince Cherry' from ''The Fairy Book'' (1913) Warwick Goble - 'Little Snowdrop' from ''The Fairy Book'' (1913) Warwick Goble - 'The Blue Bird' from ''The Fairy Book'' (1913)    

The White Cat

I was accordingly laid in a cradle

of mother-of-pearl, ornamented

with gold and jewels

 

Prince Cherry

He flew in, perched on her shoulder, and

expressed his delight and affection by a

thousand caresses

Little Snowdrop

They were very friendly, however, and inquired

her name. "Snowdrop," answered she

The Blue Bird

Stopping beside a fountain, she let

her hair fall loose, and dipped her

weary feet in the cool water

 

 

   

Fine Art Poster (11x18'')

Code: WG FB C25 11x18
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (14x11'')

Code: WG FB C26 14x11
Price: US$55.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (14x11'')

Code: WG FB C27 14x11
Price: US$55.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (11x18'')

Code: WG FB C28 11x18
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

   
Warwick Goble - 'The Yellow Dwarf' from ''The Fairy Book'' (1913) Warwick Goble - 'The Six Swans' from ''The Fairy Book'' (1913) Warwick Goble - 'The Hind of the Forest' from ''The Fairy Book'' (1913) Warwick Goble - 'The Juniper-Tree' from ''The Fairy Book'' (1913)    

The Yellow Dwarf

There, one day, he heard a voice,

and presently after was surprised

by the appearance of a mermaid

 

The Six Swans

The queen threw one of the shirts

over each of them, and when the

shirts touched their bodies, they

were changed into swans, and

flew away over the wood

 

 

The Hind of the Forest

By the care of the Fairy Tulip, she was

not wounded

 

 

The Juniper-Tree

Out of the fire flew a beautiful bird, who,

singing deliciously, rose up high in the air

   

Fine Art Poster (11x18'')

Code: WG FB C29 11x18
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (11x18'')

Code: WG FB C30 11x18
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (14x11'')

Code: WG FB C31 14x11
Price: US$55.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (11x18'')

Code: WG FB C32 11x18
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

   
           

 

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