Grimm’s Fairy Tales illustrated by Johnny Gruelle

John B. Gruelle is best known today as an author of stories about Rageddy Ann and Rageddy Andy, both also very popular dolls in the first half of the 20th century and collectibles today. But in this post we’ll learn about Gruelle’s another important project – illustrations for the collections of fairy tales by Brothers Grimm.

It is a huge book, first published in 1914, today pretty rare (and expensive if in solid condition) with exactly two hundred fairy tales (to be honest, with fables and other genre too) and ten additional legends written by Jacob and William Grimm.

We’ll present the book through its content (you can compare it with the complete list) and illustrations where we could get them. As copies of such book occasionally show up in popular selling sites, we’ll be probably able to add more illustrations later. Even now they make a splendid collection of rare pictures signed by one of the great masters. It’s a mix of color and black illustrations and white and white drawings.

Here goes the content, in our case the list of fairy tales with additional illustrations and occasional notes:

  1. The Frog King
  1. Our Lady’s Child
  2. The Cat and Mouse in Partnership
  1. The wolf and the Seven Little Kids
  2. Faithful John
  3. The Good Bargain
  4. The Wonderful musician
  5. The Twelve Brothers
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  1. The Three Snake-Leaves
  2. The White Snake
  3. The Straw, the Coal, and the Bean
  4. The Fisherman and His wife
  5. The Valiant Little Tailor
  6. Cinderella
  7. The Three Little Men in the Wood
  8. The Three Spinsters
  9. The Pack of Raggamuffins
  10. The Riddle
  11. The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage
  12. The Seven Ravens
  13. The Bremen Town-Musicians
  14. The Singing Bone
  15. The Louse and the Flea
  16. The Girl without Hands
  17. Mother Holle
  18. The Three Languages
  19. The Tailor in Heaven
  20. The Wishing-table, the Gold-Ass, and the Cudgel in the Sack
  21. Rapunzel
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31. Little Red-Cap

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  1. The Robber Bridegroom
  2. Herr Korbes
  3. The Godfather
  4. Old Sultan
  5. The Six Swans
  6. Frau Trude
  7. Godfather Death
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  1. King Thrushbeard
  2. The Knapsack, the Hat, and the Horn
  3. Clever Elsie
  4. Sweetheart Roland
  5. The Golden Bird
  6. Thumbling as Journeyman

  1. Clever Hans
  2. The Dog and the Sparrow
  3. Frederick and Catherine
  4. Fitcher’s Bird
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  1. The Two Brothers
  2. The Juniper-Tree
  3. The Little Peasant
  4. The Queen Bee
  5. The Three Feathers
  6. Little Briar-Rose
  7. The Golden Goose
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  1. Allerleirauh
  2. The Hare’s Bride
  3. The Twelve Huntsmen
  4. The Thief and His Master
  5. Jorinda and Jorindel
  6. The Three Sons of Fortune
  7. How Six Men Got in the World
  8. The Wolf and the Fox
  9. Gossip Wolf and the Fox
  10. The Fox and the Cat
  11. The Pink
  12. Hans in Luck
  13. Clever Grethel
  14. The Old Man and His Grandson
  15. The Water-Nix
  16. The Death of the Little Red Hen
  17. Brother Lustig
  18. The Devil with the Three Golden Hairs
  19. Gambling Hansel
  20. Hans Married
  21. The Gold-Children
  22. The Fox and the Geese
  23. The Three Litle Birds
  24. Rumpelstiltskin
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  1. The Young Giant
  2. The Singing, Soaring Lark
  1. The Elves
  2. The Poor Man and the Rich Man
  3. The King of the Golden Mountain
  4. The Raven
  5. The Peasant’s Wise Daughter
  6. The Water of Life
  7. The Goose-Girl
  8. Doctor Knowall
  9. The Devil’s Sooty Brother
  10. The Willow-Wren and the Bear
  11. Sweet Porridge
  12. Stories about Snakes
  13. The Poor Miller’s Boy and the Cat
  14. The Spirit in the Bottle
  15. The Two Travelers
  16. The Two Traveler
  17. Fundevogel
  18. Hans, the Hedgehog
  19. The Shroud
  20. The Skillful Huntsman
  21. The Flail from Heaven
  22. Brides on Their Trial
  23. Hansel and Grethel
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  1. The Two King’s Children
  2. The Bright Sun Brings It to Light
  3. The Blue Light
  4. Wise Folks
  5. The Wilful child
  6. The Three Army-Surgeons
  7. The Seven Swabians
  8. The Three Apprentices
  9. Donkey Cabbages
  10. Little Snow-White
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  1. The Three Brothers
  2. The Devil and His Grandmother
  3. Bearskin
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  1. Ferdinand the Faithful
  2. The Jew Among Thorns
  3. The Iron Stove
  4. The Lazy Spinner
  5. Th Four Skillful Brothers
  6. The Cunning Little Tailor
  7. Fair Katrinelje and Pif-Paf-Poltrie
  8. The Fox and the Horse
  9. The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces
  10. The White Bride and the Black One
  11. The Old Woman in the Wood
  12. The Six Servants
  13. The Three Black Princesses
  14. Knoist and His Three Sons
  15. The Maid of Brakel
  16. Domestic Servants
  17. The Lambkin and the Little Fish
  18. One-Eye, Two-Eyes, and Three-Eyes
  19. Going A-traveling
  20. The Ungrateful Son
  21. The Turnip
  22. The Old Man Made Young Again
  23. The Lord’s Animals and the Devil’s
  24. The Beam
  25. The Three Sluggards
  26. The Twelve Idle Servants
  27. The Shepherd Boy
  28. The Star-Money
  29. Simeli Mountain
  1. The King’s Son Who Feared Nothing
  2. The Stolen Farthings
  3. Odds and Ends
  4. The Sparrow and His Four Children
  5. The Story of Schlauraffen Land
  6. The Ditmarsch Tale of Wanders
  7. A Riddling Tale
  8. The Wise Servant
  9. The Glass Coffin
  10. Lazy Harry
  11. Strong Hans
  12. The Griffin
  13. The Peasant in Heaven
  14. Lean Lisa
  15. Sharing Joy and Sorro
  16. The Willow-Wren
  17. The Owl
  18. The Bittern and the Hoopoe
  19. The Sole
  20. Iron John
  21. The Duration of Life
  22. Snow-White and Rose-Red
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  1. Death’s Messengers
  2. Master Pfriem
  3. The Little Folks’ Presents
  4. The Moon
  5. The Nail
  6. The Poor Boy in the Grave
  7. The Giant and the Tailor
  8. Eve’s Various Children
  9. The Donkey
  10. The Hut in the Forest
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  1. The True Sweetheart
  2. The Goose-Girl at the Veil
  3. The Hare and the Hedgehog
  4. The Nix of the Mill-Pond
  5. The Spindle, the Shuttle, and the Needle
  6. The Peasant and the Devil
  7. The Crumbs on the Table
  8. The Sea-hare
  9. The Master-thief
  10. The Ear of Corn
  11. The Grave-mound
  12. Old Rinkrank
  13. The Drummer
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  1. The Crystal Ball
  2. Maid Maleen
  3. The Boots of Buffalo Leather
  4. The Old Beggar Woman
  5. The Golden Key

Children’s Legends

  1. St. Joseph in the forest
  2. The Twelve Apostles
  3. The Rose
  4. Poverty and Humility Lead to Heaven
  5. God’s Food
  6. The Three Green Twigs
  7. Our Lady’s Little Glass
  8. The Aged Mother
  9. Heavenly Wedding
  10. The Hazel-branch

The book was republished in 1922, this time with title Grimm’s Fairy Stories and with black and white drawings by Robert Emmett Owen (1878-1957).

The cover from 1922 in red bound
The cover from 1922 in green bound

We’ll try to add his illustrations when they become Public Domain.

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