(ROBINSON, W. Heath.) RABELAIS, François.
The Works of Mr. Francis Rabelais.
Doctor in Physick. Containing Five Books of the Lives, Heroick Deeds and Sayings of Gargantua and His Sonne Pantagruel. Illustrated by W. Heath Robinson.
Third Heath Robinson edition. The works of Rabelais illustrated by William Heath Robinson were commissioned by Grant Richards and first published as two large quarto volumes in 1904. Heath Robinson “chose a grotesque style which emphasized the earthiness of the epic while overlooking the bawdy” (ODNB). The resulting book became one of the illustrator’s most notable achievements, artistically speaking as well as for the gargantuesque number of illustrations produced. Scarce in the dust jackets.
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2 volumes, octavo. Original blue moiré cloth, titles and climbing vine decoration to spines gilt, fleur-de-lys device and twin rules to front boards gilt, top edges gilt. With the dust jackets. Monochrome frontispieces with tissue guards and 254 black and white illustrations in the text, including 100 full-page, all by Heath Robinson. Small ownership signature to front free endpapers. Extremities a little rubbed, endpapers lightly toned, the occasional spot to contents, cloth bright. An excellent set in lightly rubbed and chipped jackets with tanned spine panels.