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RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); AESOP.

Aesop's Fables.

A New Translation by V. S. Vernon Jones. With an Introduction by G. K. Chesterton and Illustrations by Arthur Rackham.

London: William Heinemann, 1912 Stock Code: 115168
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Signed copy, one of 1,450, finely bound with pictorial title block

First Rackham edition, signed limited issue, and first edition of this translation; number 1,071 of 1,450 copies signed by the artist. "The peculiar secret of Rackham's success in seizing upon the essence of the human and portraying it in animal form, which is after all the basic device of the morality, is unwittingly touched upon in Chesterton's delightful introduction to the 1912 edition of Aesop's Fables: 'There can be no good fable with human beings in it. There can be no good fairy tale without them.' Rackham's genius is such that it bridges the two, and carries the didactic fable into the realm of fairy story, and lends to the imaginative world of fairies a tangible and convincing reality" (Fred Gettings, Arthur Rackham, 1976, pp. 83-84).

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Quarto. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in terracotta morocco, titles and decoration to spine gilt, raised bands, pictorial title block to front board gilt, twin rule to turn-ins gilt, floral endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed.


With 13 tipped in colour plates as issued, captioned tissues and 5 black and white illustrations.


The occasional minor blemish otherwise an excellent copy in a fine binding.


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