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Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp
London: Nisbet & Co., 1919. - Signed By The ArtistThe Finest Copy We Have Ever SeenIn The Very Scarce Printed Dust jacket[MACKENZIE, Thomas, illustrator]. RANSOME, Arthur. Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp. In Rhyme by Arthur Ransome. Illustrated by Mackenzie. London: Nisbet & Co., n.d.[1919]. Limited to 250 numbered copies signed by the artist, this being copy no. 18. Large quarto 13 x 10 1/4 in; 333 x 260 mm). [128] pp. Twelve full color tipped-in plates with captioned tissue guards. Black and white ornaments, decorative borders, and illustrations throughout. Publisher's full white cloth, pictorially gilt. Black and white pictorial endpapers. Top edge gilt, others untrimmed. In the scarce dust jacket with just a tiny amount of wear at the spine head and lower corner of upper panel. A fine and magnificent copy, bright, crisp, and clean inside and out.The finest copy we have ever seen in over forty-five years in the rare book trade and the only copy we've ever seen in the extremely scarce printed dust jacket. We are aware of only one copy in dust jacket coming to auction within the last thirty-seven years and it was heavily chipped. Copies seen at auction without the dust jacket had certain condition issues. We believe this copy to be the standard by which all others should be judged.A beautiful book on every level, elegantly designed, handsomely printed, gorgeously illustrated, and finely bound with no expense spared; a superb production, arguably the last of the great illustrated books from the golden age of British gift books, which began at the turn of the 20th century and ended with World War I.Thomas Mackenzie (1887 – 1944) was "born in Bradford, Yorkshire. Mackenzie studied at the Bradford College of art and then at Slade. When he finished his studies he was commissioned by the publisher James Nisbet to illustrate in watercolour an edition of Arthur and His Knights. Most of his illustrative work shows the influence of Beardsley, Harry Clarke and colour plate illustrators like Kay Nielsen. He was also an etcher and engraver and contributed to the Sketch and other journals." (Horne).Arthur Ransome (1884-1967) was an English author and journalist best known for writing the Swallows and Amazons series of children's books. The first - published in 1929 - made his reputation as one of the best English writers of juvenile literature. Many of the books involve sailing; fishing and camping are other common subjects. The books remain popular and "Swallows and Amazons" is the basis for a tourist industry around Windermere and Coniston Water, the two lakes Ransome adapted as his fictional North Country lake. He also wrote about the literary life of London, and about Russia before, during, and after the revolutions of 1917. [Attributes: First Edition]
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