A new translation by V. S. Vernon with an introduction by G. K. Chesterton.London: William Heinemann; Doubleday, Page & Co., New York, 1912 Stock Code: 147692
First Rackham edition, signed limited issue, number 584 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" (Gettings, pp. 83-84).
Quarto (305 x 235 mm). Late 20th-century dark green crushed morocco, raised bands, spine lettered in gilt and decorated in four compartments in gilt, border of floral and leaf tools to covers in gilt, top edge gilt, fore and bottom edges untrimmed, marbled endpapers, original cloth (front cover and spine) bound in at rear.
With 13 tipped-in colour plates, including frontispiece, tissue guards captioned in brown, and black and white illustrations to the text, all by Rackham.
A very good copy, attractively bound, mild foxing to a couple of pages, slight offsetting from brown paper mounts, contents otherwise clean, plates bright.
Riall, p. 111; Fred Gettings, Arthur Rackham, 1976.
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