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(RACKHAM, Arthur.) GRIMM, [Jakob & Wilhelm].

The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm.

Translated by Mrs. Edgar Lucas.

London, Constable and Company Ltd, 1909 Stock Code: 137884
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First Rackham edition thus, signed limited issue, number 505 of 750 copies signed by the illustrator. Rackham's first version of Grimm's Fairy Tales, published in 1900, had no signed limited edition. This is a revised and enlarged edition with some new illustrations, as well as others redrawn and coloured.
The translator, Mrs Edgar Lucas, was born Alice Erichsen, the daughter of Hermann Erichsen, a Danish businessman who had settled first in Newcastle upon Tyne, then in Upper Tooting, where Alice met her husband. She made successful translations from the Danish of Hans Christian Andersen and Henrik Pontoppidan. Her sister was the artist and illustrator Nelly Erichsen (1862-1918).

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Quarto (284 x 224 mm). Bound by Riviere & Son in blue half morocco and vellum boards, publisher's pictorial gilt vellum covers preserved and mounted on pastedowns, titles to spine in gilt, raised bands, top edge gilt, others untrimmed, two brown silk page markers.


Colour frontispiece and 39 colour plates mounted on plain paper, with captioned tissue guards, numerous full-page and in-text black and white illustrations, all by Rackham, title printed in red and black.


Engraved armorial bookplate, dated 1908, of politician, keen horologist, and mechanic Sir David Lionel Goldsmid-Stern-Salomons (1851-1925), Baronet of Broomhill, Tunbridge Wells, to front free endpaper. Spine slightly sunned, a trifle rubbed, light foxing and toning to free endpapers but not affecting the pastedowns, the contents sharp and fresh, one silk page marker loose. An attractive, crisp copy.


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