King Grisly-Beard

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Author: The Brothers Grimm

Illustrator: Maurice Sendak

SENDAK, Maurice. King Grisly-Beard. A Tale from the Brothers Grimm. Translated by Edgar Taylor. Pictures by Maurice Sendak. NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux [1973]. 8vo, 24pp. Brown cloth stamped in silver on spine. Gray endpapers; full-color illustrations on nearly every page. A fine copy in original color pictorial jacket.

First edition. Maurice Sendak’s bright and vibrant illustrations perfectly capture the brother Grimm’s tale in this stunning edition. Sendak’s creative genius is further on display in the framing narrative he creates for the book which tells of two small children who are recruited to act in a play of the story and who end up performing the main roles in the King Grisly-Beard tale.