THE ARTHUR RACKHAM FAIRY BOOK. A book of old favourites with new illustrations.
George G. Harrap & Co Ltd. London. 1933, 1933.
SIGNED, LIMITED FIRST EDITION. 4to. (9.3 x 6.4 inches). One of 460 copies numbered and signed by Rackham, this number 76. Illustrated with 8 full page colour plates and 55 drawings in black & white, some full page. A few very light spots to some pages but overall a very clean and bright copy in publishers white vellum binding with gilt decoration, ruling and lettering to the spine. Front board with triple gilt ruled border and gilt lettering. Illustrated endpapers, printed in gold on white paper. Top edge gilt, others untrimmed. In the original grey card slip case with the corresponding limitation number in ink to the printed paper label. The bottom front corners of the boards are a little bumped and the spine a little creased but overall a very good fresh copy. The slip case is worn and has some splits to the edges, but is still complete and intact, and has done it's job of keeping the book clean. Preface by Arthur Rackham in which he explains the choice of the fairy tales in this book, which include, among others; Little Red Riding-Hood, Sindbad the Sailor, Blue Beard, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Thre Bears, Dick Whittington, Jack the Giant Killer, Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella and the Emperor's New Clothes.