Rip Van Winkle.London: William Heinemann, 1905 Stock Code: 123180
Signed limited edition, number 26 of 250 copies signed by the artist. This copy also includes a charming original pen and ink portrait of Rip van Winkle by Rackham, dated 17 July 1918. 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 cover in gilt, pictorial image blocked in gilt to front cover, top edge gilt, others untrimmed.
Colour frontispiece and 49 colour plates mounted on brown paper with captioned tissue guards, black and white illustrations in the text, all by Rackham.
Original ties laid-in at rear. Spine slightly toned, covers bowed, loss to vellum at bottom tip of front cover, foxing to prelims. An excellent copy.
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