New York: Dial Books, 1992. Arthur Rackham. Illustrated Reprint, First Printing. Cloth and boards. Small 4to, green quarter cloth with gold lettering on spine over brown boards, archival mylar-protected pictorial dust jacket (unclipped) with a colored illustration by Arthur Rackham who has illustrated this volume with more than 60 full color glossy plates, pale yellow floral endpapers, 124 pages. Very Fine / Fine. Item #5908
Arthur Rackham (1867 – 1939) was a famous English book illustrator widely regarded as one of the leading figures from the 'Golden Age' of British book illustration which roughly encompassed the years from 1890 until the end of the First World War. During that period, there was a strong market for high quality illustrated books which typically were given as Christmas gifts.
By the turn of the century Rackham had developed a reputation for pen and ink fantasy illustration with richly illustrated gift books such as The Ingoldsby Legends (1898), Gulliver's Travels and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (both 1900). The publication of his full colour plates to Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle in 1905, and
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll in 1907 that particularly brought him into public attention, his reputation being confirmed the following year with J.M.Barrie's Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens,
EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION: clean, bright, tight with superlative illustrations. An affordable and lovely reprint edition of Rackham's RIP VAN WINKLE. First published in 1905.