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119522
(RACKHAM, Arthur.) AESOP.

Aesop's Fables....

A new translation by V. S. Vernon Jones, with an introduction by G. K. Chesterton.

Availability: In stock

Published: London William Heinemann, 1912

Stock Code: 119522

£1,250
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

First Rackham edition. "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. 83-4).

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Description

Quarto (197 x 142 mm). Recent green morocco by Bayntun-Riviere, titles to spine gilt, spine richly decorated gilt in compartments, animal corner-pieces gilt to covers within gilt frame, decorative turn-ins and edges gilt, marbled endpapers, original green cloth front cover and pictorial endpapers bound in at rear.

Illustrations

Colour frontispiece and 12 colour plates with captioned tissue-guards, with black and white illustrations in the text.

Condition

Bookplate to front pastedown. Spine and head of front cover a lightly faded, boards slightly bowed; an excellent copy.

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