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Arthur Rackham

Rare books by Arthur Rackham, including first editions, signed limited editions, copies in fine bindings, and original artwork.

Arthur Rackham (1867–1939) was the dominant figure in the illustrated gift-book market in the years leading up to the First World War.

His greatest years of success were 1905–1920, but he had begun his career in the 1890s as a commercial book illustrator, working mostly in black and white. Two factors coincided with the onset of his remarkable success: his marriage in 1903 to Edyth Starkie, a considerable portrait painter in her own right; and the introduction of improved colour printing techniques, which allowed him to develop his early

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  1. The Dolly Dialogues.
    First hardback edition, printed one month after the wrapper edition, of the first book to be wholly illustrated by Rackham. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 112939

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  2. The Dolly Dialogues.
    First edition, second issue of the wrapper edition rebound, with the full title running as headline instead of the shortened version of "Dolly" in the first issue. Rackham's first illustrated book. Learn More
    £100

    Stock Code: 112942

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  3. The Sketch-book of Geoffry Crayon, Gent.
    The Van Tessel edition, in the variant binding of white cloth (there was also a dark blue cloth binding). The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon represented Rackham's first foray into limited edition publishing; the Holly Edition of The Sketch-Book had been issued the previous year in an edition of 1,000 numbered sets signed... Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 112944

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  4. Tales of a Traveller.
    £250

    Stock Code: 113215

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  5. Homes and Haunts of Thomas Carlyle.
    First edition; with a signed contribution from Rackham at p. 128: an illustration of the kitchen at Carlyle's home at Cheyne Walk, Chelsea. "There may be other work of his that is not signed" (Latimore & Haskell). Learn More
    £100

    Stock Code: 113216

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  6. Bracebridge Hall, or The Humourists.
    First of this edition; Bracebridge Hall was first published in 1822. Rackham contributed five illustrations Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 113012

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  7. The Money-Spinner and Other Character Notes.
    First edition, uncommon; one of Rackham's earliest contributions as an illustrator was to this collection of short stories. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 113007

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  8. The Zankiwank & the Bletherwitch.
    First edition. The earliest book in which Arthur Rackham is named as illustrator on the title page and the first to feature his trademark style of fantastical whimsy. "Here, in the imaginative silhouettes of the attenuated, weirdly double-jointed ostrich-like figure of the Zankiwank, Arthur is finding a commercial, even... Learn More
    £1,350

    Stock Code: 113010

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  9. The Grey Lady.
    First edition with Rackham's illustrations; originally published in 1895. Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 113017

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  10. The Money-Spinner.
    Second edition of this uncommon title featuring early Rackham illustrations first published a year earlier. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 113009

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  11. The Grey Lady.

    Regular Price: £295

    Special Price £148

    Stock Code: 15421

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  12. Two Old Ladies, Two Foolish Fairies and a Tom Cat.
    First edition. The first book with colour illustrations by Rackham. It was issued in three bindings: blue, red or green cloth. Learn More
    £900

    Stock Code: 113014

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  13. Two Old Ladies, Two Foolish Fairies and a Tom Cat.
    First edition. The first book with colour illustrations by Rackham. It was issued in three bindings: blue, red or green cloth. Learn More
    £900

    Stock Code: 113015

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  14. Two Old Ladies, Two Foolish Fairies and a Tom Cat.
    First edition. The first book with colour illustrations by Rackham. It was issued in three bindings: blue, red or green cloth. Learn More
    £900

    Stock Code: 113016

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  15. Original preliminary drawing for Ingoldsby Legends. "The Kitchen."
    A similar but less complete drawing of this kitchen was used as the background for a woman striking her drunken husband over the head with a stool to accompany "The Ghost" on page 73 of "Ingoldsby Legends". Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 85285

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  16. The Castle Inn.
    First edition, later issue. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 113292

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  17. The Ingoldsby Legends.
    £250

    Stock Code: 112923

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  18. Evelina.
    First edition, first issue, with the single leaf of publisher's terminal advertisements. Learn More
    £110

    Stock Code: 113054

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  19. The Ingoldsby Legends.
    £250

    Stock Code: 106715

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  20. Feats on the Fjord.
    First edition featuring Rackham's illustrations, this copy in the more deluxe leather binding, was also issued in blue cloth. Part of the series of The Temple Classics For Young People. Learn More
    £110

    Stock Code: 113061

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  21. East Coast Scenery.
    First edition, in a binding not recorded by Riall. Rackham contributed seven illustrations. Not in Latimore & Haskell. Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 113065

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  22. East Coast Scenery.
    First edition, in a binding not recorded by Riall. Rackham contributed seven illustrations. Not in Latimore & Haskell. Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 113066

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  23. Our Gardens.
    First trade edition of one of the works in the Haddon Hall Library series. Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 113059

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  24. Original ink drawing of a dog.
    An original ink drawing by Rackham, depicting a barking dog. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 96133

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  25. Original ink sketch Kiel Market Place.
    Original ink sketch by Rackham of the Old Market in Kiel, with the Nikolaikirche in the background. Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 96142

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  26. Original preliminary drawing of two pheasants amongst ferns
    Original ink drawing by Rackham, from Wildlife in Hampshire Highlands (1903), p.60. Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 96145

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  27. Original pencil sketch of a man in bed.
    Original pencil sketch by Rackham depicting a man in bed, wearing a night cap. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 96290

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  28. [A complete set of The Haddon Hall Library.]
    Deluxe limited edition of this series regarding sports and other country pursuits. This set number 103 of 150 numbered copies; Our Garden signed by the author S. Reynolds Hole. Presentation set inscribed (in Wildlife) by politician and author Duff Cooper (1890-1954) to Philip Grantham Yorke, 9th Earl of Hardwicke (1906-1971),... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 102056

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  29. The Argonauts of the Amazon.
    First US edition, first printing. Cover design replicates one of the illustrations from the book. First published earlier the same year by W. and R. Chambers, London. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 113022

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  30. Pictures of East Coast Health Resorts.
    First edition, first impression. The Rackham illustrations had all previously appeared in Sunrise-Land. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 113315

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  31. Queen Mabs Fairy Realm.
    First edition, first impression A collection of fairy tales by various authors Learn More
    £525

    Stock Code: 113641

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  32. Faithful Friends.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 113191

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  33. More Tales of the Stumps.
    First edition, first impression, in a variant binding not recorded by Haskell or Riall. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 113031

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  34. Littledom Castle,
    First edition, second impression two months after the first. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 113148

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  35. The Grey House on the Hill.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £950

    Stock Code: 113152

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  36. The Grey House on the Hill.
    £950

    Stock Code: 113154

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  37. Brains and Bravery.
    First edition, first impression. A collection of 14 tales in which young men exhibit "brains and bravery". The tales are by G. A. Henty, Guy Boothby, L. T. Meade & Prof. Robert K. Douglas, John Arthur Barry, Katharine Tynan, H. A. Bryden, W. H. Williamson, Walter Wood, F. B. Forester, Hemingford Grey, and T. R. Threlfall.... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 113027

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  38. Brains and Bravery.
    First US edition, first printing. A collection of 14 tales in which young men exhibit "brains and bravery." Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 113300

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  39. Brains & Bravery.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More

    Regular Price: £950

    Special Price £637

    Stock Code: 49732

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  40. Brains and Bravery.
    First edition, first impression. A collection of 14 tales in which young men exhibit "brains and bravery." The tales are by G. A. Henty, Guy Boothby, L. T. Meade & Prof. Robert K. Douglas, John Arthur Barry, Katharine Tynan, H. A. Bryden, W. H. Williamson, Walter Wood, F. B. Forester, Hemingford Grey, and T. R. Threlfall.... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 102080

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    Regular Price: £200

    Special Price £100

    Stock Code: 15359

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  42. Two Years Before the Mast.
    First edition, the December 1904 printing, first printing was in September. Learn More
    £100

    Stock Code: 113085

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  43. Two Years Before the Mast.
    First edition, first impression. A stunning copy of this book which was produced cheaply and most often seen in a tired state. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 113086

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  44. Two Years Before the Mast.
    First edition, the December 1904 printing. The first printing was in September. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 113087

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  45. Where Flies the Flag.

    Where Flies the Flag.

    London, Glasgow, and New York: [1904]

    First edition, first impression in the variant red cloth. Learn More
    £400

    Stock Code: 113083

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  46. Where Flies the Flag.

    Where Flies the Flag.

    London, Glasgow, and New York: [1904]

    First edition, first impression in the variant blue cloth. Title was not recorded in Latimore and Haskell. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 113084

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  47. Molly Bawn.
    First edition featuring Rackham's illustrations, with correct issue point of the misspelling of Rackham's name on the title page and correct number of ads. An extremely uncommon Rackham title not recorded in Latimore and Haskell. The novel was originally published in 1878, and was the first time the expression "Beauty is... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 113082

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  48. Where Flies the Flag.
    First edition, first printing. A very uncommon Rackham title. Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 102084

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  49. Rip Van Winkle.
    First Rackham Edition, First Impression. Learn More

    Regular Price: £975

    Special Price £488

    Stock Code: 32699

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  50. The Grey House on the Hill.
    Later printing, originally published in 1903. Learn More
    £45

    Stock Code: 113155

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  51. The "Old" Water-Colour Society 1804-1904.
    £125

    Stock Code: 113318

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  52. Rip Van Winkle.
    First trade edition, first impression, from the same setting of type as the deluxe edition. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 112930

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  53. Rip Van Winkle.
    First Rackham edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the illustrator on the half-title "R. F. Starkie from Arthur Rackham 9 Oct 05." This is a family presentation: Rackham was married to Edyth Starkie, of an extended and notable Irish family. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 97541

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  54. 90585
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 90585

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  55. Rip Van Winkle.
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 106157

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  56. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens
    First Rackham edition. Barrie asked Rackham to illustrate not the play Peter Pan (which remained unpublished until 1928) but make a new book from those chapters from The Little White Bird (1902) that had first introduced the character. Learn More

    Regular Price: £1,500

    Special Price £750

    Stock Code: 32362

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  57. The Children's Hour.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 113312

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  58. Peter Pan In Kensington Gardens
    First trade edition, first impression, a rare survival in the dust jacket, as here. The spine shows the publication price of 15s. net. After the enormous success of the play Peter Pan, which opened on 27 December 1904 and broke all previous theatrical records, Barrie sanctioned this publication, in collaboration with Rackham... Learn More
    £6,500

    Stock Code: 112964

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  59. Original watercolour from Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens: "He passed under the bridge and came within full sight of the delectable Gardens".
    This is the scene where Peter steers his little nest-ship, built for him by the thrushes, into Kensington Gardens. Signed and dated by Rackham at upper right. The painting, along with all the other originals from the book Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, was exhibited by Ernest Brown & Phillips at the Leicester Galleries,... Learn More

    Regular Price: £47,500

    Special Price £35,625

    Stock Code: 70652

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  60. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.
    First Rackham edition. Barrie asked Rackham to illustrate not the play Peter Pan (which remained unpublished until 1928) but make a new book from those chapters from The Little White Bird (1902) that had first introduced the character. Learn More

    Regular Price: £1,250

    Special Price £838

    Stock Code: 68271

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