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Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens
London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1906., 1906. FIRST RACKHAM EDITION. Quarto. Publisher's russet cloth with pictorial gilt design to upper and gilt titles to spine; grey end papers with map to flyleaf. With 50 mounted colour plates with captioned tissues bound at rear. Plates and captions all present, some foxing to prelims, half-title with a neat erasure (professionally cleaned). Cloth generally bright, hinges neatly repaired. A useable, presentable and inexpensive example of the first edition. London-born artist Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) studied drawing at evening classes at Lambeth School of Art (1884) for 7 years whilst working full-time in insurance. He began to illustrate books, using the then new half-tone process his fame spread ing upon publication of his illustrated Grimm's Fairy Tales. In 1905 his illustrated Rip van Winkle introduced him to the US public; one year later Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens was published. Rackham was made a full member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour in 1908, and was honoured abroad, with gold medals from Milan (1906) and Barcelona (1911). His illustrations for many classics followed including Alice In Wonderland (1907), Gulliver's Travels (1909), Aesop's Fables (1912), A Christmas Carol (1915), King Arthur (1917) Cinderella (1919), Sleepy Hollow (1928), The Night Before Christmas (1931), Hans Andersen (1932), Pied Pier of Hamelin (1934) and Poe's Tales (1935). His final book was The Wind In the Willows (1940). Riall p74. Latimore/Haskell p.27. Bleiler; Checklist of Fantastic Literature [126]. BMC No.1 [1984]; 'Edwardian Children's Books'. BMC No.271; 'The Great Illustrators'. Shorter New Cambridge Bibliography (Eng.Lit.) 1005
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