Rip Van Winkle.London: William Heinemann, 1905 Stock Code: 112975
His first deluxe gift bookSigned limited edition, number 137 of 250 copies signed by the artist. This was the first book wholly illustrated by Rackham to be issued in a limited edition format and it immediately established him as the leading illustrator of lavishly produced gift books in the Edwardian era. In March 1905 Rackham's originals were exhibited at the Leicester Galleries, which led to this deluxe edition being fully subscribed before the exhibition had closed. The exhibition also attracted the attention of J. M. Barrie, who would commission Rackham's next book.
Quarto. Original vellum, titles to spine and front board gilt, pictorial image blocked in gilt to front cover, brown endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed, cream ribbon ties. Housed in a plain green cloth slipcase.
Colour frontispiece and 49 colour plates mounted on brown paper with captioned tissue guards, black and white illustrations in the text, all by Rackham.
Armorial bookplate of James F. N. Lawrence, Pilgrims Hall, Brentwood. Laid in are two letters from Rackham collector Thomas H. Pohirt on obtaining this copy in 1974. Occasional spotting to pages, more noticeably to endpapers, vellum toned, corners bumped, a very good copy.
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