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Adrienne Ségur is at the center of Art Passions because my lifelong love of fairy tales began with the illustrations to The Fairy Tale Book by Adrienne Segur. It has been republished as The Golden Book of Fairy Tales. If you know the original book, you will find that the colors are close, but not an exact match. The Fairy Tale Book images here are come from my own copy that I have kept since I was a girl.
Adrienne Segur is often confused with the Comtesse de Segur, but the Comtesse de Segur was born in 1799 and died in 1874, more a quarter century before Adrienne Ségur was born in 1901. The title page of the American edition of Misha, the Little Brown Bear says the author is the "Countess Adrienne Segur". Moreover, the American edition of Misha (1932) is dedicated to H.R.H. Princess Elisabeth of Greece.
On this page, you will find links to illustrations by Adrienne Segur for the following books:
The Snow Queen and Other Stories
I have put together some biographical information and photos of Adrienne Segur. The translation is mine. Be nice.Index of biography pages with cover photo.
These illustrations also appear Le Chat Jérémie et autres histoires de chats.
The Cat, the Fox, and the Little Rooster (1 of 2)
The Cat, the Fox, and the Little Rooster (2 of 2)
Jeremy the Cat, Lord of the Forest
Baba Yaga's Cat (end mark)
Three Who Spun (1 of 2)
Three Who Spun (2 of 2)
Queen Cat (single)
Queen Cat (1 of 2)
Queen Cat (2 of 2)
The Tip of the Tail of the Cat
The Legend of Patripat the Cat
Some, but not all, of these illustrations also appear in Il Etait une Fois (the French edition, and in Knaurs Tiermarchen (the German edition), and Le Livre des Bêtes Enchantées
Sleeping Beauty (1 of 2)
Sleeping Beauty (2 of 2)
Thumbelina (1 of 3)
Thumbelina (2 of 3)
Thumbelina (3 of 3)
Queen Cat (not the same illustration
as in My Big Book of Cats)
Bright, Deardeer, and Kit (1 of 3)
Bright, Deardeer, and Kit (2 of 3)
Bright, Deardeer, and Kit (3 of 3)
Alice and the creatures of Wonderland
One side will make you grow larger
Noel Chez les Trolls (1 of 2)
Noel Chez les Trolls (2 of 2)
Les Puit de L'étoiles (1 of 2)
Les Puit de L'étoiles (2 of 2)
La Très Veridique Legend du Sapin de Noel
The Cat Who Became Lord of the Forest
Baba Yaga (1 of 2)
Baba Yaga (2 of 2)
The Snow Queen (1 of 4)
The Snow Queen (2 of 4)
The Snow Queen (3 of 4)
The Snow Queen (4 of 4)
The Little Girl Made of Snow (1 of 2)
The Little Girl Made of Snow (2 of 2)
Prince Ivan, the Infant Ogress,
and the Little Sister of the Sun
These illustrations are from Nussknacker und Mauskonig but appear in The Snow Queen and Other Stories.
The Little Man in the Wooden Jacket
Battle Royal (1 of 2)
Battle Royal (1 of 2)
Threat Against Princess Pirlipat
Search for the nut Crackatuk (1 of 2)
Search for the nut Crackatuk (2 of 2)
Tea Party (1 of 2)
Tea Party (2 of 2)
Vassilissa La Belle - 1 (Vassilissa the Beautiful 1)
Vassilissa La Belle - 2 (Vassilissa the Beautiful 2)
La Mere Qui Chante, Le Pomme Qui Daube, et L'Oisillon Qui Dit Tout (The Mother who Sings, the Apple that Stinks, and the Fledgling that Tells All)
La Petite Vielle de la Fôret (The Little Old Woman in the Forest)
Les Douze Mois (The 12 Months)
Neigeblanche et Roserouge (Snow White and Rose Red)
Frerot et Soeurette (Little Brother and Sister)
Les Trois Petits Hommes de la Fôret (The Three Little Men in the Forest)
Yorinde et Yoringue (Yorinde and Yoringue)
Le Chat, Le Moineau, et Le Petit Bonhomme (The Cat, the Sparrow, and the Little Gentleman)
Unoeil, Deuxyeaux, Troisyeaux (Oneeye, Twoeyes, Threeeyes)
L'Oiseau D'Or (The Golden Bird 1)
L'Oiseau D'Or (The Golden Bird 2)
Grain D'Aile (Grain of the Wing)
Le Noel de Petite Pomme (The Christmas of Little Apple)
Le Prince Charmant (The Charming Prince)
Le Loup de Catherine (Catherine's Wolf)
Philippine et Le Joeur de Luth (Philippine and the Lute Player)
Le Marriage du Cordonnier (The Marriage of the Shoemaker)
Histoire d'un Petit Oiseau Reconnaissant (The Story of a Grateful Little Bird)
Inscription from Adrienne Segur to Charles Etienne
Letter found between the pages of my copy from Charles Etienne to Adrienne Segur
The Chair and the Chimney Sweep
Originally, Misha, le Petit Ours Brun.
Un Tout Petit Cochon S'en Allait a L'Ecole (coming soon)
Le Pays de Trente-Six Mille Volontes (coming soon)
Les Aventures de Cotonnet
Histoire d'un Casse-Noisette un conte d'Hoffmann (same illustrations as Nutcracker)
Cotonnet en Amerique (coming soon)
Cigognes d'Alsace (coming soon/)
La Maison Grise en Face (color plates by Maggie Salcedo, black and white drawings in the text by Adrienne Ségur)
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The Fairy Tale Book is out of print but has been reprinted as The Golden Book of Fairy Tales and is available The Golden Book of Fairy Ta les. It has all the illustrations and the pages are the same size. The paper is not quite as thick and has a different quality. The colors are not not the same as the original; they are closer to those in Le Livre des Bêtes Enchantées.
The Snow Queen and Other Tales has been reprinted and is available at Amazon.
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