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Danger & Destiny is printed on Zerkall paper with Bembo types. We printed the six facsimile illustrations by letterpress, with seven additional tipped-in colour plates printed by Northends of Sheffield. An illustration designed specially for the fairy tale Jorinde and Joringel has been drawn by Cliff Harper and printed letterpress from a zinc plate. The book is 50 pages, 9 x 6 inches, and bound in a decorated paper designed by Alan Drummond with a cloth spine. The edition is limited to 300 copies.

Danger & Destiny
in the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm

by David Blamires

For the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Grimms' Fairytales David Blamires, retired senior lecturer in German at the University of Manchester and connoisseur of children's illustrated books, curated an exhibition in two Manchester venues Chetham's Library and The Portico.

Given our own interest in folk arts, we welcomed the opportunity to collaborate with him, and the result is this handsome book. Danger & Destiny falls into three parts. The first explains how the German original was compiled and altered by the Grimms through their various editions, a process similar to that accorded to the English translations. The second part pays close attention to the role the forest plays in the tales. It is a setting of mystery and danger that is rarely described, yet well understood. These two sections of the book are illustrated with pages from a variety of editions, both English and German. As well as illustrating David's text, these illustrations follow the major technical developments in 19th-century printing from chapbook cuts to fine chromolithographs, ending with a reproduction of a hand-coloured woodcut by Fritz Kredel to complete the circle.

The book concludes with David Blamires' new translation of 'Jorinde and Joringel', one of the original tales of enchantment. Because a new translation demands a new illustration, we commissioned Clifford Harper to draw this one for us.

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Last updated 31 October 2012