Rip Van Winkle, First Edition, Illustrated by Arthur Rackham and written by Washington Irving.
Original green cloth with gilt lettering and vignette on the covers. Spine darkened with wear on edges and delicate top spine end. Slightly dulled cover and bumped corners. Internally clean with intact pages of text. No marks or foxing. Fifty one colour plates by Rackham mounted on green art paper protected by tissue guards. All the illustrations are mounted together at the end of the text apart from the frontis illustration. Green colour on the end of the pages. 10 x 71/2″. 60 pages of printed text plus the fifty one full page illustrations.
Rip Van Winkle showcased Rackham’s new skills in illustration and this book marked the beginning of a successful career for him. The production of Rip Van Winkle involved a technique used for the first time. The pictures were photographed and then mechanically reproduced. This allowed Rackham to utilize his fine drawing skills which he was not able to reproduce on a printing plate. The process was a little more expensive as the glazed paper was “tipped in” after the text was completed. The result was a higher quality appearance of the book and lead some reviewers to attribute Rackham as a leading decorative illustrator of his time. This edition would make a valuable and rare addition to a Rackham collection.
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Stock number: FAULT