English Fairy Tales by Flora Annie Steel and illustrated by Arthur Rackham is another recent release in Dover's Calla Editions line. This, too, is a personal favorite. Just as Dulac is one of my favorite illustrators of French tales, along with Gustave Dore, I consider Rackham the best illustrator of English fairy tales. Nevermind that he is one of the best and most influential illustrators ever, but I am drawn especially to his English tales. This is a beautiful edition of Rackham's books, the only edition that trumps it is the original which sells usually for hundreds if not thousands of dollars.
This gorgeous hardcover edition is profusely illustrated with some of Rackham's most accomplished black-and-white work, including many silhouettes —16 full-page color plates are included as well. Features over 40 beloved tales, including "Tattercoats," "Jack the Giant Killer," and "Jack and the Beanstalk." New typography and design elements make this a must-have for all fans of Rackham's art.