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Feats on the Fiord
London / New York: J.M. Dent / E.P. Dutton, 1914. - In Unrecorded Binding Variantand Scarce Dust JacketWith All Plates in Color[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. MARTINEAU, Harriet. Feats on the Fiord. With Illustrations by Arthur Rackham. Coloured by W. Cubitt Cooke. London : J.M. Dent and New York: E.P. Dutton, n.d. [1914]. Second (and best) edition, with all the plates in color, in an unrecorded binding variant. Octavo (7 x 5 in; 178 x 127 mm). 128 pp. Eight color plates, including frontispiece. Publisher's original blue cloth pictorially and ornamentally stamped in gilt, gilt lettered and ornamented spine, onlaid color plate to upper board. Original pictorial dust jacket, printed in green. Neat gift signature to front paste-down. A fine copy in the very scarce dust jacket (jacket slightly chipped at top and bottom of spine).In the first edition of 1899, the plates, with the exception of the frontispiece, are in black and white, and the title page thus lacks the credit to W. Cubitt Cooke. Both Latimore & Haskell and Riall note binding in red or green cloth but not blue, as here.The half-title reads: Tales for Children from Many Lands Edited by F.C. Tilney."The Ingoldsby Legends commission [by Dent] was soon followed by another from Dent, for the eleven illustrations to Harriet Martineau's Feats on the Fjord. To be quite sure of getting the detail in the Norwegian costumes right, Rackham sought the advice of Dr. Hans Reusch, the friend he had made in Norway the year before" (Hamilton, Arthur Rackham: A Biography, pp. 50-51).Colorist William Cubitt Cooke was a friend of Rackham's, a fellow member of the Langham Sketching Club, a group organized by The Artist's Society, meeting at its London headquarters each Friday evening from October through May.Latimore and Haskell, p. 43. Riall, p. 122.
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