Philadelphia: David McKay Company, 1923. Item #04738
French Fairy Tales Illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren
[TENGGREN, Gustaf, illustrator]. D'AULNOY, Madame. D'Aulnoy's Fairy Tales Illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren. Philadelphia: David McKay Company, 1923.
First Tenggren illustrated edition, later issue.
Small quarto (9 3/16 x 6 7/8 inches; 233 x 175 mm.). xii, 457, [3, blank] pp. Color pictorial title-page, eight full-page color plates by Tenggren. Numerous black and white drawings in the text.
Publishers blue cloth, front cover with pasted-on illustration, spine lettered in gilt, top edge stained red, color pictorial endpapers. A fine copy in the original later issue color pictorial dust jacket with "Price, $2.50" on spine. A few small repaired marginal tears. An excellent copy.
The Fairy Tales: Gracieuse and Percinet, The Fair with Golden Hair, The Blue Bird, Prince Sprite, Princess Printaniere, Princess Rosette, The Golden Branch, The Bee and the Orange Tree, The Good Little Mouse, The Ram, Finette Cendron, Fortunée, Babiole, The Yellow Dwarf, Green Serpent, The Princess Carpillon, The Beneficent Frog, The Hind in the Wood, The White Cat, Belle Belle; or, The Chevalier Fortuné, The Pigeon and the Dove and Princess Bell-Etoile and Prince Cheri.
Gustaf Adolf Tenggren (1896-1970) was a Swedish-American illustrator known for his Arthur Rackham-influenced style and use of silhouetted figures with caricatured faces. From 1923 through 1936 Tenggren worked for the game and book publisher Milton Bradley. In 1936 he was hired by The Walt Disney Company to work as an art director on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Tenggren gave Snow White an "Old World" look that Walt Disney sought, and despite being minor characters in the original by the Brothers Grimm the dwarfs took on new life in Disney's story, with Tenggren's presentation drawing depicting the major characteristics of each of the seven. His Rackham-style trees featured prominently in the forest scenes.
Marie-Catherine Le Jumel de Barneville, Baroness d'Aulnoy (1650/1651–4 January 1705), also known as Countess d'Aulnoy, was a French writer known for her fairy tales. When she termed her works contes de fées (fairy tales), she originated the term that is now generally used for the genre.