The Ingoldsby Legends.
Or Mirth and Marvels.London : 1907 Stock Code: 123254
NotesFirst revised edition, first impression, of Rackham's illustrated edition of The Ingoldsby Legends, containing drawings not found in earlier editions. Rackham's illustrated edition of The Ingoldsby Legends was originally published in 1898 but Rackham chose to expand the work and redraw the illustrations so that "greater prominence could be given to the illustrations by better and larger reproductions, including a greater number of illustrations in colour" (Rackham's Prefatory Note).
The binding is a good example of Chivers's vellucent technique, which he developed in the early 1900s. In contrast to the earlier method used by Edwards of Halifax, the painting was not done on the underside of the transparent vellum, but on paper which was attached to the binding and covered with vellum. The surface of the vellum was then tooled in gold, enhancing the impressive effect.
Large octavo (252 x 200 mm). Contemporary art nouveau-style "vellucent" binding by Cedric Chivers of Bath in green morocco, spine and front cover lettered and tooled in gilt, hand-painted vellum vignette of Franciscan monk and crow to front cover, turn-ins ruled in gilt, green marbled endpapers, top edge gilt.
Colour frontispiece and 23 colour plates tipped-in on dark green paper, 12 tinted plates on plain paper, illustrations in the text.
Spine and edges of covers faded to brown, rubbing to joints, 50 mm tear to pp. 477/8, some pages unopened. An excellent copy.
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