PLEASE Help Me Find This Illustrated Childhood Book

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posted on Sep, 17 2012 @ 02:26 PM
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I have been searching for a particular book I had when I was a child. This has been an ongoing search that I have been conducting for years with absolutely no luck....and it bugs me to no end! I have to find it.

I hadn't even learned to read when I used to flip through this book. I cannot remember the specific stories. However, I remember the illustrations and I would Immediately recognize them if I saw them again.

ATS has some of the best internet searchers in the world, and I have been a member here for a while, so what better place to ask? Any and all replies are appreciated, I thank you so much for your help.

Here is a list of things I remember about this book. I will add to this list as my search continues.

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Childrens fantasy and/or fairy-tale book. Not a novel. Each story was a couple of pages. Heavily illustrated.

Big Beautiful and somewhat distressing (for a child) illustrations. I imagine the illustrator is fairly well known as the illustrations were top notch, unique and evoked emotion. Gnomes and trolls and devils and such.

My best guess would be that it was published in the late 60's, the 70's or the very early 80's but could have been much earlier.

The book was large and had a hardcover. I'd say 13-14 inches tall and 9-10 inches wide.




These illustrations are by Arthur Rackham. I DON'T think he is the illustrator of the book in question. I'm using his illustrations as a guide as they are similar to the illustrations in the book I'm looking for.




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posted on Sep, 17 2012 @ 02:35 PM
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Wow!
This sounds just like the book that I have been searching for as well, with no luck.

Possibly, a green cover?

Maybe poems as well?

The most disturbing I remember was a poem in it with the line "o the sad fate of the babes in the wood"
I think it was like Hansel and Gretel type poem, but they both died, lost in the woods!!!!!!



posted on Sep, 17 2012 @ 02:43 PM
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Is it any of these? tablet.flavorwire.com...#!/entry/the-20-most-beautiful-childrens-books-of-all-time,4ffb006b7af68a84dcf72e06/5

Or this? www.goodreads.com...

My wife works in children's publication so anymore information would be good.

Seems the first link isnt working, type '20 most beautiful children's books of all time' into the search.
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posted on Sep, 17 2012 @ 03:56 PM
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Try this one, if you haven't yet. I'm going to dig through it tomorrow.
www.vintagechildrensbooks.com...


CX

posted on Sep, 17 2012 @ 04:20 PM
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Could it be one of the "Fairytales of the Brothers Grimm" books?


The new Taschen edition of “The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm” (which I found courtesy of BrainPickings.com, whose list of the best illustrated children’s and picture books of 2011 has made my own holiday list considerably longer), collects 27 classic Grimm stories with some of the most fantastical, alluring illustrations I’ve ever seen.


parenting.blogs.nytimes.com...

This is the updated one, but it appears that they date back to the 1800's.

CX.
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posted on Sep, 17 2012 @ 10:49 PM
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I think it must be Grimm's Fairy Tales illustrated by Arthur Rackham:

Amazon Link to book

I did a Google search using those same search terms and it looks likely Arthur Rackham is the illustrator:

Google search results



posted on Sep, 18 2012 @ 12:38 PM
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Originally posted by chiefsmom
Wow!
This sounds just like the book that I have been searching for as well, with no luck.

Possibly, a green cover?

Maybe poems as well?

The most disturbing I remember was a poem in it with the line "o the sad fate of the babes in the wood"
I think it was like Hansel and Gretel type poem, but they both died, lost in the woods!!!!!!


I was going to say brown, but it could have been a green cover. I remember the book being well worn. I also remember that the cover had a "wood carved" feel to it. Obviously it wasn't wood, but it had a 3D feeling to it.

Good luck on your search.



posted on Sep, 18 2012 @ 12:40 PM
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Originally posted by EBE01
Is it any of these? tablet.flavorwire.com...#!/entry/the-20-most-beautiful-childrens-books-of-all-time,4ffb006b7af68a84dcf72e06/5

Or this? www.goodreads.com...

My wife works in children's publication so anymore information would be good.

Seems the first link isnt working, type '20 most beautiful children's books of all time' into the search.
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Hi thanks for the reply.

I don't think it was a Grimm book or a Golden book. I have searched quite extensively and I read through that link before. I can't find it in all my internet searches so far.

I'm starting to think it may have been a european book. Germanic maybe.



posted on Sep, 18 2012 @ 12:41 PM
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Originally posted by OuttaHere
I think it must be Grimm's Fairy Tales illustrated by Arthur Rackham:

Amazon Link to book

I did a Google search using those same search terms and it looks likely Arthur Rackham is the illustrator:

Google search results


Not Arthur Rackham but thanks for your help.



posted on Oct, 16 2012 @ 03:59 AM
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I remember this book or one like it and have been searching for it as well!

It was a book of Grimm's fairy-tales, and it had a very "German" flavor to it.

I had the book in 1975 and remember it as having incredibly detailed and richly textured oil-painting illustrations, each one very "gothic;" even the brighter colors had this sinister edge to them.

It definitely warped me as a child. But I loved that book. Don't know where it went.

Sorry I don't recall the name.



posted on Oct, 16 2012 @ 01:01 PM
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The way you describe it makes me think we are speaking about the same book.


I believe I have already looked through all the Grimm books, but if you think it was a Grimm, I'll look again.

I'll let you know if I find any leads.



posted on Oct, 16 2012 @ 10:03 PM
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I should point out that this was 37 years ago. I can't say for 100% certain that it was Grimm's, but what other compilations are there? Wouldn't want to lead you on a wild Mother Goose chase...



posted on Oct, 24 2012 @ 02:53 AM
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Hmmm, I am not sure about this one, it was like ages ago.





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