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London Constable and Co. LTD. [1919] - First Edition, LIMITED EDITION DE LUXE, one of 575 numbered copies SIGNED BY ARTHUR RACKHAM, this being a very early signed copy, signified number 5. This limited edition is also printed on significantly larger paper then the trade issue. With 16 very fine tipped-in color plates with captioned tissue-guards, andhead and tail pieces throughout by Arthur Rackham. 4to, in the original de luxe binding of vellum backed parchment boards, lettered and with Rackham pictorial vignette in gilt on the upper cover, the spine gilt decorated and lettered, t.e.g. Now protected in a custom designed morocco backed slipcase backed featuring raised bands and fine gilt lettering and tooling. 170 pp. A pristine and perfect copy, a joy to behold inside and out, one of the best we have seen, both the parchment and vellum in unusually fine condition. AN EXCEPTIONAL COPY OF THE DE LUXE LIMITED FIRST EDITION SIGNED BY ARTIST ARTHUR RACKHAM. The work is a collection of early English ballads, perhaps inspired by wartime patriotism. Here we find a generous sampling of Rackham’s famous styles, subjects and atmospheres. We encounter mythic gnomes and lithe damsels, brooding dark birds perched and overlooking stark plains, slender maidens greeting their princes, and sinister scenes lit by dim starlight. The graceful line drawings introducing each ballad conjure fanciful creatures and lively human encounters. The color plates vividly depict the subject of the ballads and act to translate the now archaic verse into the timeless language of Rackham’s articulate illustration. We find Rackham’s eloquent brush again and again creating irresistible sentiment and emotional texture . This sentimental rendering of traditional English Ballads is sure to be a treasured addition to any serious Arthur Rackham collection. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Buddenbrooks, Inc. ABAA]
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