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The Provensen Book of Fairy Tales


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    Random House, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1971. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Provensen, Alice; Provensen, Martin (illustrator). 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Scarce and eagerly sought book compiled and illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen, well-known and respected artists with many children's and juvenile literature books containing their exquisite art work. 140 unmarked and clean pages. The previous owner's dedication to his daughter," Kelly"on the first free end paper. Very slight edge wear on the corners.

    Maria Popova wrote, upon finding this book: "As a hopeless fan of Alice and Martin Provensen and a lover of fairy tales, especially ones featuring exquisite illustrations and beautiful re-imaginings of the classics, I was delighted to come across The Provensen Book of Fairy Tales in a public library. It is an out-of-print gem published in 1971, in which the creative duo bring their singular whimsy to twelve beloved fairy tales. From classics like "The Beauty and the Beast" to literary tales like Oscar Wilde's "The Happy Prince" to a recasting of Grimm's goose girl as a heroine driven by the women's liberation movement of the 1970s, it is at once a timeless treasure trove of storytelling and a subtle time-capsule of cultural history."
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