Golden Age Illustrators

Books and artworks by children’s book illustrators from the so-called Golden Age of illustration, roughly 1880-1930, including Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, Kay Nielsen, Harry Clarke, and others.

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  1. Peter Pan.
    BARRIE, J. M; BLAMPIED, Edmund (illus.) Peter Pan.

    London : 1939

    First Blampied illustrated edition. Learn More
    £1,100.00

    Stock Code: 105166

  2. A Survey.
    BEERBOHM, Max. A Survey.

    London : 1921

    First edition, trade issue of Beerbohm's caricatures of public figures ranging from Joseph Conrad to David Lloyd George. There was also a deluxe limited edition of 275 numbered copies signed by the author. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 109359

  3. A Survey.
    BEERBOHM, Max. A Survey.

    London : 1921

    First edition, trade issue of Beerbohm's caricatures of public figures ranging from Joseph Conrad to David Lloyd George, scarce in this condition. There was also a deluxe limited edition of 275 numbered copies signed by the author. Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 104692

  4. Jerusalem.
    BLAKE, William. Jerusalem.

    Clairvaux : 1974

    First edition thus, number 110 of 500 copies so bound, from a total edition of 558, all printed on Arches pure rag paper matching that used by Blake.

    In this Trianon facsimile, the 25 plates of Chapter 1 of Blake's visionary epic Jerusalem are reproduced in full colour facsimile, working from Lord Cuncliffe's copy of Blake original hand-illuminated... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 147479

  5. The Arabian Nights.
    DETMOLD, E. J. (illus.) The Arabian Nights.

    London : [1924]

    Signed limited edition, number 99 of 100 copies only signed by the artist. "On the strength of The Arabian Nights, Detmold could have become one of the greatest illustrators of fantasy and fairy stories" (Richard Dalby, The Golden Age of Children's Book Illustration, pp. 98). Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 30661

  6. Fables de La Fontaine.
    DORÉ, Gustave (illus.); LA FONTAINE, Jean de. Fables de La Fontaine.

    Paris : 1867

    First Doré edition in book form, deluxe issue, with the extra plate "Les devineresses" in vol. 2. It was published simultaneously in London, after a serialized publication from November 1866. This is a superb copy, with illustrations from "one of the most popular" and "greatest of all illustrators" (Ray, 327-28).

    During the period of this book's... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 146397

  7. Lyrics Pathetic & Humorous from A to Z.
    DULAC, Edmund (illus.) Lyrics Pathetic & Humorous from A to Z.

    London : 1908

    First edition of this humorously poetic alphabet. Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 66581

  8. Stories from Hans Andersen.
    DULAC, Edmund (illus.); ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. Stories from Hans Andersen.

    London : 1911

    First Dulac edition, handsomely bound by Bayntun, with an accompanying typed letter dated July 1986 addressed to Birmingham lawyer Gordon William Quance (the initial purchaser), introducing the book, and signed by each of the four craftsmen involved in the designing, sewing, binding, and tooling of the volume. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 148410

  9. Stories from Hans Andersen.
    DULAC, Edmund (illus.); ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. Stories from Hans Andersen.

    London : 1911

    Signed limited edition, number 249 of 750 numbered copies signed by Dulac. Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 147448

  10. Stories from Hans Andersen.
    DULAC, Edmund (illus.); ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. Stories from Hans Andersen.

    London : 1911

    First English trade edition. The first edition containing Dulac's illustrations for Hans Christian Andersen was originally published in 1911. Although the page-size of this later edition is smaller, the illustrations are reproduced at their original sizes. The collection comprises six stories: "The Snow Queen", "The Swineherd", "The Nightingale", "The... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 111588

  11. The Daughters of the Stars.
    DULAC, Edmund (illus.); CRARY, Mary. The Daughters of the Stars.

    London : 1939

    Signed limited edition, number 424 of 500 copies signed by both author and illustrator. "Publication of this book encountered delays and difficulties because of the outbreak of World War II. Since paper and workmen were fast being commandeered by the British government, the book was rushed into print despite the fact that only two Dulac illustrations... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 102148

  12. The Kingdom of the Pearl.
    DULAC, Edmund (illus.); ROSENTHAL, Léonard. The Kingdom of the Pearl.

    London : [1920]

    First English signed limited edition, number 37 of 100 copies signed by the artist, retaining the scarce jacket. Rosenthal was a famed Parisian jeweller who personally commissioned Dulac's illustrations; they first appeared in the French edition of the same year. "Dulac's plates, truly genius, do much to bring a fanciful touch to the otherwise stark... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 144344

  13. The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm.
    GRIMM, Jacob & Wilhelm. The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm.

    London : 1909

    Signed limited edition, number 168 of 750 copies signed by the artist. This is a revised and enlarged edition of the work originally published in 1900 with some new illustrations, as well as others redrawn and coloured. Learn More
    £5,750.00

    Stock Code: 134021

  14. The Rhyme of a Run.
    HARRISON, Florence. The Rhyme of a Run.

    London : [1907]

    First edition of this children's book written and illustrated by Florence Harrison (1877-1955). An unusually nice copy of a fragile book. Florence Harrison was an Australian-born artist known for her rich, art nouveau style. A prolific and well-respected artist, she also illustrated books for Christina Rossetti, William Morris, and Alfred Tennyson.... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 113864

  15. East of the Sun and West of the Moon.
    NIELSEN, Kay (illus.) East of the Sun and West of the Moon.

    London : [1914]

    Signed limited edition, number 5 of 500 copies signed by the artist. The richness of the Danish Nielsen's colour images for this lavish illustrated book of Norse pagan mythology was achieved by a four-colour process, in contrast to many of the illustrations prepared by his contemporaries, such as Rackham and Dulac, which characteristically utilised... Learn More
    £17,500.00

    Stock Code: 106880

  16. East of the Sun and West of the Moon.
    NIELSEN, Kay (illus.) East of the Sun and West of the Moon.

    London : [1914]

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the illustrator on the verso of the front free endpaper, "To Miss Bernadine Murphy with my kindest regards, Kay Nielsen, April 1947". Loosely inserted is a one-page autograph letter signed by Nielsen to the book's owner and dated October 10, 1948. Nielsen thanks Murphy for what seems to have been her attempt... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 79481

  17. East of the Sun and West of the Moon.
    NIELSEN, Kay (illus.); East of the Sun and West of the Moon.

    London : [1914]

    Deluxe edition, number 85 of 500 copies signed by the artist. With the single-leaf printed advertisement for the exhibition of the original watercolours in November and December 1914 at the Leicester Galleries laid in. Learn More
    £19,500.00

    Stock Code: 47331

  18. Hansel and Gretel and Other Stories.
    NIELSEN, Kay (illus.); GRIMM, The Brothers. Hansel and Gretel and Other Stories.

    London : [1925]

    Signed limited edition, number 398 of 600 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £6,500.00

    Stock Code: 134195

  19. In Powder and Crinoline.
    NIELSEN, Kay (illus.); QUILLER-COUCH, Arthur. In Powder and Crinoline.

    London : [1913]

    Deluxe signed limited edition, one of 500 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 21928

  20. In Powder and Crinoline.
    NIELSEN, Kay (illus.); QUILLER-COUCH, Arthur. In Powder and Crinoline.

    London : [1913]

    Signed limited edition, one of 500 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 14754

  21. A Wonder Book and Tanglewood Tales.
    PARRISH, Maxfield (illus.); HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel. A Wonder Book and Tanglewood Tales.

    New York : 1910

    First Parrish edition, first impression. Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 84668

  22. Told in the Gloaming.
    PETO, Gladys. Told in the Gloaming.

    London : [c.1934]

    A beautiful copy of this story book for schoolchildren with striking illustrations by renowned art deco artist and author Gladys Peto.

    Peto (18901977) was a prolific illustrator and children's author. Her distinct style was seen to capture the spirit of the times and from 1915 she quickly became regular artist for publications such as The Sketch,... Learn More
    £170.00

    Stock Code: 76634

  23. Some British Ballads.
    RACKHAM, Arthur Some British Ballads.

    London : 1919

    Signed limited edition, number 50 of 575 numbered copies signed by Arthur Rackham. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 101812

  24. Fairy Tales.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. Fairy Tales.

    London : 1932

    Deluxe edition, number 392 of 525 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 146376

  25. Fairy Tales.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. Fairy Tales.

    Philadelphia : 1932

    First US trade edition, first printing, published the same year as the London edition published by Harrap and identical in every point except for the inclusion of the publisher's box, which is unique to the US edition. This edition is scarce with both the dust jacket and box intact, and it has been historically "one of the most difficult of Rackham's... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 116703

  26. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); BARRIE, J. M. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.

    London : 1906

    First Rackham edition. Barrie asked Rackham to illustrate not the play Peter Pan (which remained unpublished until 1928) but make a new book from those chapters from The Little White Bird (1902) that had first introduced the character. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 68271

  27. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); BARRIE, J. M. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.

    London : [1912]

    Deluxe edition, issued unsigned and without statement of limitation. This edition is a revision of the 1906 edition, with an entirely new setting of type, a new coloured frontispiece, and seven full-page black and white drawings not in the earlier edition. The plates are distributed throughout, not gathered at the end as in the 1906 edition. The edition... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 112982

  28. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); BARRIE, J. M. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.

    London : [1920 or later]

    Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens was first published in 1906, in both deluxe and trade editions, with the plates gathered at the end. The "New Edition" of 1912 is in larger format, with new illustrations dated 1912, the colour plates distributed throughout the text, the text entirely reset (readily identifiable by running headlines in a large italic... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 112966

  29. Poor Cecco.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); BIANCO, Margery Williams. Poor Cecco.

    New York : 1925

    First US trade edition. The text, with the same illustrations by Rackham, also appeared in Good Housekeeping beginning in May 1925. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 102089

  30. The Land of Enchantment.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); BONSER, A. E., & others. The Land of Enchantment.

    London : 1907

    First edition, first impression. The stories with the illustrations first appeared in the magazine Little Folks between 1896 and 1902. Learn More
    £550.00

    Stock Code: 113132

  31. The Lonesomest Doll.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); BROWN, Abbie Farwell. The Lonesomest Doll.

    Boston & New York : 1928

    First edition, first printing. The book was originally published in 1901 with illustrations by E. Pollack; the Rackham illustrated version was only published in the US. This is a beautiful example of the title in the rare dust jacket. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 113236

  32. The Book of Betty Barber.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); BROWNE, Maggie. The Book of Betty Barber.

    London : [1910]

    First edition in book form of this story originally published in the Little Folks magazine in 1900. Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 113121

  33. Two Old Ladies, Two Foolish Fairies and a Tom Cat.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); BROWNE, Maggie. Two Old Ladies, Two Foolish Fairies and a Tom Cat.

    London, Paris & Melbourne : 1897

    First edition. The first book with colour illustrations by Rackham. It was issued in three bindings: blue, red or green cloth. Learn More
    £900.00

    Stock Code: 113016

  34. Two Old Ladies, Two Foolish Fairies and a Tom Cat.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); BROWNE, Maggie. Two Old Ladies, Two Foolish Fairies and a Tom Cat.

    London, Paris & Melbourne : 1897

    First edition. The first book with colour illustrations by Rackham. It was issued in three bindings: blue, red or green cloth. Learn More
    £900.00

    Stock Code: 113015

  35. The Book of Betty Barber.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); BROWNE, Maggie. The Book of Betty Barber.

    London : [1910]

    First edition in book form. The story was originally published in the Little Folks magazine in 1900. Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 102242

  36. The Children's Hour.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); CAINE, Ralph Hall, Jun. (ed.) The Children's Hour.

    London : [1906]

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 113312

  37. The Windmill.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); CALLENDER, L. (ed.) The Windmill.

    London : 1923

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 113006

  38. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

    London : [1907]

    Limited edition of 1,130 copies. Unusually, Rackham did not sign this limited edition, as he was out of the country while it was in preparation. Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 107351

  39. Red Pottage.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); CHOLMONDELEY, Mary. Red Pottage.

    London : [1904]

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 113185

  40. A Christmas Carol.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); DICKENS, Charles. A Christmas Carol.

    Philadelphia & London : [1926]

    Later US printing. A lovely example in the not often seen dust jacket. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 143707

  41. A Christmas Carol.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); DICKENS, Charles. A Christmas Carol.

    London : 1915

    First Rackham trade edition, first issue with the mounted frontispiece and the date printed on the verso of the title page. Scarce with the dust jacket. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 143471

  42. A Christmas Carol.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); DICKENS, Charles. A Christmas Carol.

    London : 1915

    First Rackham trade edition, first issue with the mounted frontispiece and the date printed on the verso of the title page. The bibliographies claim that the frontispiece is mounted on green paper, but in our experience it is invariably white. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 113103

  43. The Sleeping Beauty.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); EVANS, C. S. The Sleeping Beauty.

    London : 1920

    First trade edition. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 94962

  44. The Zankiwank & the Bletherwitch.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); FITZGERALD, Shafto Justin Adair. The Zankiwank & the Bletherwitch.

    London : 1896

    First edition. The earliest book in which Arthur Rackham is named as illustrator on the title page and the first to feature his trademark style of fantastical whimsy. "Here, in the imaginative silhouettes of the attenuated, weirdly double-jointed ostrich-like figure of the Zankiwank, Arthur is finding a commercial, even a career outlet, for the 'fantastic... Learn More
    £1,350.00

    Stock Code: 113010

  45. Snickerty Nick. Rhymes by Witter Bynner.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); FORD, Julia Ellsworth. Snickerty Nick. Rhymes by Witter Bynner.

    New York : 1919

    First edition, rare in the jacket. This book was never published in the UK. Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 20439

  46. Le Livre des ballades.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); FORT, Paul. Le Livre des ballades.

    Paris : 1921

    First and limited edition in French of Some British Ballads (1919), number 633 of 1,300 copies; there are additional black and white vignettes by Rackham included in this edition. The French symbolist poet Paul Fort translated the original work and added "some completely different ballads" (Riall), drawing on what would become his monumental 40-volume... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 113321

  47. Good-Night (Buenas Noches).
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GATES, Eleanor. Good-Night (Buenas Noches).

    New York : [1907]

    First edition, presumably later impression, in a variant binding not recorded in the bibliographies. The story first appeared in Scribner's Magazine in February 1906. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 113168

  48. Good-Night (Buenas Noches).
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GATES, Eleanor. Good-Night (Buenas Noches).

    New York : [1907].

    First edition, first printing. The story first appeared in Scribner's Magazine in February 1906. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 113166

  49. The Vicar of Wakefield.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Vicar of Wakefield.

    London : 1929.

    First trade edition, first impression. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 113242

  50. The Vicar of Wakefield.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Vicar of Wakefield.

    London : 1929

    Signed limited edition, one of 575 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 20927

  51. The Vicar of Wakefield.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Vicar of Wakefield.

    Philadelphia : 1929

    First U.S. Rackham Edition. Learn More
    £180.00

    Stock Code: 15069

  52. The Vicar of Wakefield.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Vicar of Wakefield.

    [1929]

    First American Trade Edition, the same as the English trade edition, except that the publisher's name on the title page and on the spine is changed. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 24005

  53. The Vicar of Wakefield.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Vicar of Wakefield.

    Philadelphia : [1930?]

    First US trade edition, first printing; inscribed neatly on the title page verso: "December 1930" - presumably the date of publication (which is not given by either bibliography). Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 113258

  54. The Vicar of Wakefield.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Vicar of Wakefield.

    London : 1929

    Deluxe edition, number 7 of 575 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 113244

  55. The Wind in the Willows.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GRAHAME, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows.

    London : 1951

    First UK edition with Rackham's illustrations, 100th edition overall; number 212 of 500 copies, finely bound.

    Grahame's timeless classic was originally published in 1908 with just a frontispiece by Graham Robertson. Rackham's illustrations for the text first appeared in the Limited Editions Club published in New York in 1940, and it was the last... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 148419

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