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Book of Betty Barber, The
London: Duckworth and Co., 1910. - Six 'Fantastic' Full-Page plates by Arthur Rackham - Colored by Harry RountreeandTwelve Equally 'Fantastic' Full-Page Black and White Drawings by Rackham[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. BROWNE, Maggie. The Book of Betty Barber. By Maggie Browne author of "Wanted - A King" Etc. With illustrations drawn by Arthur Rackham, A.R.W.S. and coloured by Harry Rountree. London: Duckworth and Co., [1910]. First edition. Square octavo (8 3/8 x 6 1/2 inches; 213 x 165 mm.). [xii], 129, [2], [1, blank] pp. With six full-page color plates (including frontispiece) and twelve full-page black and white drawings. Publishers brown cloth, front cover decoratively lettered in black with a large color pictorial paper label reproducing the color plate facing p. 18 (" 'A bit of a chit of a pink girl!' shouted the fairies in chorus.") affixed to front cover, spine decoratively lettered in black, rear board with publisher's logo stamped in black. A near fine copy. With a signed note by the Rackham bibliographer, Sarah B. Latimore regarding this copy loosely inserted These illustrations first appeared in magazine form in 1901 in Little Folks, They were originally all done in black and white. Harry Rountree (1878-1950) was a prolific illustrator working in England around the turn of the twentieth century. He came to London in 1901 from New Zealand, when he was 23 years old. Determined to make his mark on the then-flourishing magazine and book market, he struggled, studied and sold the occasional drawing. However, when the editor of Little Folks magazine gave him a commission to illustrate a story with an animal, he found his feet and suddenly he became quite successful. By 1903 he was illustrating books for the editor of Little Folks, writing and illustrating his own books, and in demand by nearly every publisher in London. He was one of the subjects in Percy V. Bradshaws' The Art of the Illustrator, 20 part series, published in 1918, where six stages of the creation of an illustration were published along with notes and biography. He is also noted for his illustrations of British Golf Courses & golfing caricatures.Riall, p. 98; Latimore and Haskell, p. 36. [Attributes: First Edition]
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