Saturday, February 9, 2013

Harry Clarke's fairy tale illustrations



Classic Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault; Illustrated by Harry Clarke
Gill & Macmillan, Dublin  2012

A friend of mine told me about this beautiful edition of Charles Perrault's fairy tales illustrated by Harry Clarke and picked up a copy for me. Harry Clarke (1889-1931) is a well-known name in Ireland and beyond, and his stained-glass windows adorn many churches and other buildings around the country. He was also a prolific illustrator.

This book contains colour plates as well as black-and-white illustrations. I get very excited about details such as endpaper (second picture) - the book equivalent of a coat's lining. This edition is an artwork in itself.


  1. That really is beautiful. Why did I never have anything like that? Oh - right. Because kids don't really appreciate pictures when they get towards the abstract edge, so I will forgive my parents.

  2. Hi Marina :o),

    thanks for sharing with us this book by Charles Perrault.Children's books are a must for me.In a book store I always have a look also at the children's section.The illistrations and the short,lovely stories are just too sweet.You know,the kind of sweetnes one should always remember - till the very end.I also buy such books quite often and by now I have a small pretty collection.
    Thank you also for introducing me to Harry Clarke,who I did not know of before.
    You are lucky to have such a book.Treasure it dearly :)!


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