The Brothers Grimm set by A. Lavrenko, V. Markov, Y. Muravskaya, A. Pasko, and J. Pasko. 1996, Dubna Phoenix: Russia. [15h3824- 15h3828]
This recent find is quite a beauty! One of the amazing things about some of the books in the Baldwin is their packaging. It allows book designers to get creative and set a book, or in this case a small collection, apart from the rest.
The Brothers Grimm box contains five popular miniature books of Grimm fairy tales: Cinderella, Little Red-cap, The Brave Little Tailor, Hansel and Grethel, and Little Snow White. The case lays flat (similar to a bracelet box) and is of finely painted lacquered boards that gleam with a traditional decorative border and ‘portraits’ of the five tales, which mirror the book covers. The equally decorative books are nestled on red velvet, giving this set a regal presentation.
The texts are in both English and Russian. The publisher, Dubna Phoenix, actually specializes in Russian literature and folk tales made in miniature book format. The set was limited to 50 numbered copies, published between 1996-2000. Unfortunately, most of the books have been broken up from their sets (the only other academic library that has a complete set is the University of Delaware).
Because of the level of artistry, the books are meant to be collectables—notable for the artistry, and not the text itself. There has been an increase over the years in attention to book arts. Packaging and presentation has become more creative, which often results in some unique formats (such as cases that that look like books or covers that unfold inner pages like an accordion). It’s exciting to see the visionary efforts of book designers today!