The Ingoldsby Legends.
Illustrated by Arthur Rackham.
Signed limited edition. Number 234 of 560 large-paper copies signed by the illustrator. This is the first signed limited edition of Rackham’s illustrated edition of Barham’s Ingoldsby Legends. It was originally published in 1898 (for which there was no deluxe signed edition) but for 1907 was revised and largely redrawn, so that “greater prominence could be given to the illustrations by better and larger reproductions, including a greater number of illustrations in colour” (Rackham’s Prefatory Note). A very handsomely bound copy.
Large quarto (280 221 mm). Bound by Zaehnsdorf for E. Joseph in contemporary green morocco, titles to spine and front board gilt, vignette to front board gilt, turn-ins and top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Tipped-in colour frontispiece and 23 plates mounted on green paper with captioned tissue guards, 12 tinted plates, and 66 illustrations in the text. Sporadic faint foxing to contents; with the curious offsetting over the tinted plate opposite p. 254 (“They came floating about him like so many prawns”), noted by us in another copy of this limited edition but not the case in the trade edition. An excellent, bright copy.
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