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The Peter Pan Portfolio
New York: Brentanos, 1914. First edition. Very Good. Folio, measuring . A Very Good copy of this oversized Rackham production. Cloth stained and soiled, some of the ties lacking. Internal contents are in excellent condition, but for a small dampstain affecting the last three leaves (mostly noticeable on the tissue guards) with only the final illustration affected. The other eleven tipped in color illustrations are all in perfect order. Selling at a bargain for the condition issues. Arthur Rackham was one of the great illustrators of the early 20th century, a period which is referred to as the "golden age" in British book design. His works were produced in both limited and mass market editions as there was a large market for ornately illustrated books before the First World War. Rackham used a unique style, thought to mix European and East Asian influences, that involved both pen and India Ink as well as watercolor. His work was displayed all over Europe - and received awards at International Exhibitions in Milan and Barcelona and Rackham would influence heavily many illustrators, especially those of children's books, who came after him. "Rackham's illustrations to Grimm, Hans Andersen or Poe show him at his most imaginative and observant of human nature, while his gnomes, fairies and gnarled anthropomorphic trees in Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens or A Midsummer Night's Dream represent his more fantastic side.... He was - and remains - a soloist in front of an orchestra, a player with the responsibility to interpret and add a personal lustre to great works with variations of infinite subtlety and grace." [Arthur Rackham: A Life with Illustration, by James Hamilton, Pavilion Books, Ltd., London, 1990; published in New York by Arcade Publishing, Inc. as Arthur Rackham, A Biography]. Very Good.
      [Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books]
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