Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Book cover: "Tales Told in Holland"

On the heels of Andersen's Fairy Tales, here's another cover of a fairy-tale book from my shelf.

  • Title: Tales Told in Holland
  • Edited by: Olive Beaupré Miller
  • Illustrators: Maud & Miska Petersham
  • Publisher: The Book House for Children, Chicago and Toronto
  • Year: 1926
  • Notes: Editor Olive Beaupré Miller (1883-1968) was the founder of The Book House for Children. According to Wikipedia, the publishing company was "remarkable for its large female staff when most women did not work outside the home." ... This stars of this book, though, are illustrators Maud & Miska Petersham (who were discussed in this December 2013 post concerning Albanian Wonder Tales.) The cover, endpapers, and illustrations in Tales Told in Holland are jaw-droppingly gorgeous. I especially like the cartoon map of Holland at the back of the book. ... This book was part of a three-volume series titled "My Travelship." The other volumes were Little Pictures of Japan and Nursery Friends From France. ... The book includes more than 40 tales, including "Abel Stok's Difficult Task," "The Basilisk of Utrecht," "Klumperty and His Wife," and "The Mermaid of Edam." ... Used copies of this 88-year-old book are quite cheap on Amazon at this moment — some are under $4.00, though you should read the descriptions very carefully — and it's truly worth owning just for the illustrations. If you can find a nice, inexpensive copy, I highly recommend it.

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