New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1909. Arthur Rackham. First American Edition reprinting 1900 edition with new color plates added to improved B&W. Quarter leather and decorative boards. Quarto (10" x 7 1/2" x 2 3/8"), tan quarter leather with six hubs + black label with gold title over dark beige decorative boards with gilt lettering and B&W Arthur Rackham sketch of a woman and children imprinted on front cover, illustrated with colored frontispiece and 39 full-page mounted colored plates and 55 B&W plates with tissue guards + several in-text drawings by Rackham, red pictorial endpapers depicting a mouse and frog king by AR, xv, [xvi] + 325 pages. Weight: 4 lbs. 6 oz. Very Good. Item #8960
Contains 60 famous tales / märchen (Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, Red Riding Hood, etc.) by the Brothers Grimm, which have been magnificently illustrated by Arthur Rackham via one hundred plates and drawings in both color (several new) and B/W illustrations.
Arthur Rackham (1867 – 1939) was a famous English book illustrator and one of the leading figures from the 'Golden Age' of British book illustration (from about 1890 through World War-One's end around 1920).
Rackham 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.
VERY GOOD CONDITION: handsomely rebacked / rebound in fine leather; clean, bright, tight cloth and fine paper. FINE superlative tipped-in illustrations with tissue guards. Nearly all plates reworked by Rackham from the original 100 B&W illustrations in their 1900 first printing.
In this edition, Rackham has added a new color frontispiece and 7 new color plates; plus he has revised and newly colored 32 B&W plates and reworked the remainder. Wear, some scuffing, and considerable edgewear to the original boards. An affordable and lovely edition with freshly colored tipped-in plates of Rackham's famous edition of Grimm's Fairy Tales with BOTH COLOR & B/W plates and in-text drawings.