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RACKHAM, Arthur.

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. To the Other Side.
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    To the Other Side.

    With Illustrations by Arthur Rackham & Alfred Bryan. And Maps.
    First edition, Rackham's own copy of his first book, signed and inscribed by him on the front free endpaper, "This is the first book that came out with my illustrations". The cloth format was published in March 1893, priced two shillings, at the same time as the edition in wrappers, priced one shilling. Laid in is a two-page autograph letter from Rackham on his Stilegate letterhead to the bibliographer and antiquarian bookseller John Carter, dated 25 January 1936: "I'm afraid that I don't know where you'll find ‘To the Other Side'. Learn More
    £19,500

    Date of Publication: 1893

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112937

    Signed: Yes

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  2. Sunrise-Land.

    Sunrise-Land.

    Rambles in Eastern England.
    First cheaper edition, with a different cover design to the cloth edition but with the same title page, illustrations, and date, and presumably published at the same time. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1894

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112947

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  3. Sunrise-Land.

    Sunrise-Land.

    Rambles in Eastern England.
    First edition, in the cloth binding and with the Great Eastern Railway timetable dated 1894. Riall notes a later edition with a binding of light blue cloth, the timetable dated 1898, and the device on the rear cover in black. The cloth colour of this first edition is described as grey by Latimore & Haskell and light mauve by Riall; they are presumably each describing the same colour. Learn More
    £300

    Date of Publication: 1894

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112949

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  4. The Dolly Dialogues.

    The Dolly Dialogues.

    Reprinted from the Westminster Gazette.
    First hardback edition, printed one month after the wrapper edition. Rackham's first illustrated book. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1894

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112939

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  5. The Dolly Dialogues.

    The Dolly Dialogues.

    Reprinted from the Westminster Gazette.
    First edition, first issue, of the first book to be wholly illustrated by Rackham. Learn More
    £350

    Date of Publication: 1894

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112940

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  6. The Dolly Dialogues.

    The Dolly Dialogues.

    Reprinted from the Westminster Gazette.
    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

    Date of Publication: 1894

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112942

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  7. Homes and Haunts of Thomas Carlyle.

    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

    Date of Publication: 1895

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113216

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  8. The Sketch-book of Geoffry Crayon, Gent.

    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 by the publishers. This edition contains an extra Rackham illustration that was not in the previous Holly and Westminster editions. Learn More
    £300

    Date of Publication: 1895

    Published: New York and London

    Stock Code: 112944

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  9. Tales of a Traveller.
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1895

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 113215

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  10. The Zankiwank  the Bletherwitch.

    The Zankiwank the Bletherwitch.

    With Pictures by Arthur Rackham.
    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 a career outlet, for the ‘fantastic and the imaginative' which had preoccupied him from an early age… here at last is the real Rackham breaking out" (James Hamilton, Arthur Rackham: A Biography, 1990, p. Learn More
    £1,350

    Date of Publication: 1896

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113010

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  11. Bracebridge Hall, or The Humourists.

    Bracebridge Hall, or The Humourists.

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

    Date of Publication: 1896

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 113012

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  12. The Money-Spinner and Other Character Notes.

    The Money-Spinner and Other Character Notes.

    With Twelve Illustrations by Arthur Rackham.
    First edition, uncommon; one of Rackham's earliest contributions as an illustrator was to this collection of short stories. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1896

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113007

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  13. The Grey Lady.
    £295

    Date of Publication: 1897

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 15421

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  14. Two Old Ladies, Two Foolish Fairies and a Tom Cat.

    Two Old Ladies, Two Foolish Fairies and a Tom Cat.

    The Surprising Adventures of Tuppy and Tue. With Coloured Plates and Other Illustrations by Arthur Rackham.
    First edition. The first book with colour illustrations by Rackham. It was issued in three bindings: blue, red or green cloth. Learn More
    £900

    Date of Publication: 1897

    Published: London, Paris & Melbourne

    Stock Code: 113014

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  15. Two Old Ladies, Two Foolish Fairies and a Tom Cat.

    Two Old Ladies, Two Foolish Fairies and a Tom Cat.

    The Surprising Adventures of Tuppy and Tue. With Coloured Plates and Other Illustrations by Arthur Rackham.
    First edition. The first book with colour illustrations by Rackham. It was issued in three bindings: blue, red or green cloth. Learn More
    £900

    Date of Publication: 1897

    Published: London, Paris & Melbourne

    Stock Code: 113015

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  16. Two Old Ladies, Two Foolish Fairies and a Tom Cat.

    Two Old Ladies, Two Foolish Fairies and a Tom Cat.

    The Surprising Adventures of Tuppy and Tue. With Coloured Plates and Other Illustrations by Arthur Rackham.
    First edition. The first book with colour illustrations by Rackham. It was issued in three bindings: blue, red or green cloth. Learn More
    £900

    Date of Publication: 1897

    Published: London, Paris & Melbourne

    Stock Code: 113016

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  17. The Grey Lady.

    The Grey Lady.

    A New Edition with Twelve Illustrations by Arthur Rackham.
    First edition with Rackham's illustrations; originally published in 1895. Learn More
    £300

    Date of Publication: 1897

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113017

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  18. The Money-Spinner.

    The Money-Spinner.

    And Other Character Notes.
    Second edition of this uncommon title featuring early Rackham illustrations first published a year earlier. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1897

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113009

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  19. Original preliminary drawing for Ingoldsby Legends. "The Kitchen."

    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

    Date of Publication: 1898

    Published: London,

    Stock Code: 85285

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  20. The Ingoldsby Legends.

    The Ingoldsby Legends.

    Or, Mirth and Marvels. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham.
    First Rackham edition. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1898

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 106715

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