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Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, The - RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator | GRIMM, - 1909. 
1909. The "Final and Best-Known Edition"Limited To 750 Copies Signed By Rackham[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. [GRIMM, Jakob and Wilhelm]. The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm. Translated by Mrs. Edgar Lucas. London: Constable & Company Ltd., 1909. Limited to 750 copies signed by Arthur Rackham, this being copy no, 424. Large quarto (11 3/8 x 8 7/8 in; 290 x 222 mm.). xv, , 325, [1, colophon] pp. Forty mounted color plates, all with tissue guards printed in red, and forty-five drawings in black and white of which nine are full-page. Bound ca. 1910 in three-quarter purple morocco over marbled boards ruled in gilt. Spine with five raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, marbled end-papers, top edge gilt, others uncut. Joints expertly and almost invisibly repaired. A near fine copy in a handsome binding.?Reprinted from the 1900 edition, with added illustrations and larger pages? (Latimore and Haskell), and others redrawn and colored. "Rackham's illustrations to Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen or Poe show him at his most imaginative" (Hamilton, p. 11)."The first year of the new century marked a turning point in Rackham's career, for in it were published his original illustrations for Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm...The book was immediately successful, and its publication marked the beginning of Rackham's lasting fame. Two new editions were called for within ten years. At intervals from 1900 onwards Rackham worked on the original drawings, partially or entirely redrawing some of them on colour, adding new ones in colour and in back-and-white, and generally overhauling them as a set, until the final and best-known edition, of 1909, contained forty coloured illustrations and fifty-five line drawings...a comparison between the first and the last editions of his Grimm emphasizes the remarkable progress that Rackham made in a decade" (Hudson, p. 47-8).The great Christopher Lewis began his career at the internationally renowned Bayntun-Riviere Bindery of Bath, England, during the early 1960s as a finisher. In the 1970s, he established his own bindery and further developed his masterful inlay and gilt work, incorporating innovative painted highlights for heightened dramatic visual effect.Latimore and Haskell, p. 34. Riall, p. 97.
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