English Fairy Tales
Illustrated by Arthur Rackham, with Rackham's 1926 Christmas Card pasted in annotated by himself
First edition, hardback bound in red cloth with gilt titling to spine (faded) and upper board. 21.5 × 17cm, ix + 341pp + 2pp ads.
Not signed as such but the front of one of Arthur Rackham's Christmas cards (1926) has been pasted in to the front pastedown, and with the recipients name written in Arthur Rackham's hand (Mr & Mrs Claremont). The card depicts a crow, a rat and a goblin in conference and is printed in black and white.
Illustrated with 16 colour plates and numerous black & white sketches within the text, this is a retelling of English fairy tales, such as St George of Merrie England, Jack the Giant-Killer, The Three Little Pigs, The Babes in the Wood etc.
A fair copy but nice with the added attraction of a Rackham Christmas card. The red cloth binding is heavily faded and dulled, with two noticeable splash marks to the rear board. The spine is sunned. Light rubbing to the boards, which are also slightly bowed. There is a previous owner's name to the ffep (corresponding to the Christmas card), and the index and terminal black are heavily but neatly annotated in pencil (the annotations are relevant though, adding to the original of the tales). The contents are in good condition, all plates and illustrations are present and in good order. Pages 192–208 have a small blue ink stain to the top edge but not affecting the text. The prelims are lightly foxed as is the rear endpaper. The inner binding is secure.