Kinder= und Haus=Märchen. Gesammelt durch die Brüder Grimm [-Zweiter Band].

Lot Number 109
Title Kinder= und Haus=Märchen. Gesammelt durch die Brüder Grimm [-Zweiter Band].
Year Published 1812
Place Printed Berlin: Realschulbuchhandlung,
Printed By
Description GRIMM, JAKOB AND WILHELM KARL Kinder= und Haus=Märchen. Gesammelt durch die Brüder Grimm [-Zweiter Band]. Berlin: Realschulbuchhandlung, 1812 & 1815 8vo (7 x 4 1/16 in.; 178 x 103 mm). I: XXVIII, 388, LX pages, 1 leaf ("Druckfehler" bound before the LX), II: XVI, 298, 1 blank leaf, LI, [1] pages; stain in lower inner portion of the last third of first volume gradually increasing in size, lacking 5 leaves (pages LXI-LXX) of notes, and pages 293-296, these latter are supplied in excellent facsimile, some light marginal spotting on a few leaves. Contemporary half-sheep over black painted boards, blue sprinkled edges; joints rubbed, various small mends at extremities.
Comments See Osborne (1975) II, p. 600; Paul Schroers, "Die erste Ausgabe der Grimmschen Märchen" Philobiblon 9 (1965), pp. 263-269; see B. Hürlimann, Three Centuries of Children's Books in Europe (1967), pp. 31-36; Siegfried Neumann, "The Brothers Grimm as Collectors and Editors of German Folktales," The Reception of Grimms' Fairy Tales, Donald Haase, ed. (1993), pp. 24-34 CATALOGUE NOTE First edition, second issue, with story 86 occupying pages 387-388 and the leaf of "Druckfehler zum ersten Theil," but without the additional section of notes (pp. lxi-lxx) added at the end of volume one. The stories known today as Grimm's Fairy Tales were collected from oral traditions by the brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, philologists and pioneer folklorists, who spent much of their lives as librarians at the Ducal Library at Kassel. Growing up in a Germany occupied by the French, patriotic fervor led them to pursue a quest for the pure springs of their nation's linguistic heritage. They began collecting folk tales around 1806, concentrating on the oral traditions of Hassia and Westphalia. Their work was not intended to be for children, but simply to document the stories of children. By 1810 they had produced a manuscript collection of several dozen tales, which they had recorded by inviting storytellers to their home and transcribing what they heard. Although they were said to have collected tales from peasants, many of their informants were middle-class or aristocratic, recounting tales they had heard from their servants. In 1812, the Brothers published the first volume of 86 German fairy tales with the title Kinder- und Hausmärchen ("Children's and Household Tales"). A second volume of 70 fairy tales appeared in 1814 (postdated "1815" on the title page), which together make up the first edition of the collection, containing 156 stories. The Brothers Grimm were the first workers in this genre to present their stories as faithful renditions of the kind of direct folkloric materials, rather than didactic adaptations for children. They often provided the same tale type in two or three versions, sometimes even under the same heading. The Grimms had a pedagogical purpose, the book was supposed to become a "manual of education," but the problematic content (violence, horror) and awkward narrative style of certain texts, limited its appeal and very little of the edition of 900 copies of the first volume were sold. Wilhelm exerted a stronger editorial hand in the second volume, and stories were selected with a more artful shape, to present a more appealing text. Yet the second volume sold as poorly as the first. A second edition appeared in 1819 rewritten and adapted for children, accompanied by a third volume of commentary (Anmerkungen) published in 1822. "For adult readers the versions of the fairy tales given in the original edition are especially valuable, for they reproduce most strongly the verbal rendering of the original source. There is not a single superfluous word in this first edition; everything stands clearly delineated as in a woodcut with only the meagrest of necessary detail" (Hürlimann, p. 32). The first issue of the first volume had appeared in December 1812 when the Grimms realized that the final tale had been omitted. In March 1813 the tale 86 was printed, the "Fragmente d" on page 387 was retitled and substantially rewritten. Additional notes were also printed with the pagination "LXI-LXX". These are sometimes found bound at the end of the second volume, and sometimes after page LX. The first edition is of extraordinary rarity. OCLC lists only one copy in the U.S. (Houghton Library=second issue) and one in Europe (Württemberg), but the GBV lists 4 other copies in Germany. There is no copy in the Osborne collection. Only two copies have sold at auction since 1975.
Provenance Oluf J.W. Jensen (ownership stamp on final pastedowns)
Estimated Price USD 80,000.00 - 120,000.00
Actual Price USD 98,500.00



Auction House Sothebys
Auction Name Fine Books and Manuscripts
Sale Number #NO8864
Auction Date June 15, 2012 - June 15, 2012
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