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Wagner, Richard, The Rhinegold & the Valkyrie, Arthur Rackham, London, William Heinemann, 1910, first edition, 4to (9" x 11.5"), HB, 1/6 vellum spine w/ brown paper-covered bds & vellum corners exposed, brown paper spine pastedowns w/ brown handlettering, G+ / none. See below, signed by illustrator.

Pages in proximity to mounted plates slightly browned. Some offsetting from back of plates to text. Rebound. Extremities bumped & worn, front joint is cracked, rear has 2.25" crack near bottom, interior binding tight, large dampstain to rear bd, small dampstains to front bd & edges of first & last few leaves, prev owner's bookplate to rear pastedown, seller's sticker to rfep, some foxing & edgewear to textblock, some transfer of ink to facing pages.

160 pp, 34 color and 14 b&w plates tipped in, bound-in tissue guards. Translated by Margaret Armour. Edition limited to 1150 copies, signed by Arthur Rackham; this is #1117.

From the Encyclopedia Brittanica Online:
"Reared in London, Rackham enrolled in evening classes at the Lambeth School of Art in 1884 and spent seven years studying there while also working full-time in an insurance office. While a staff artist for a newspaper, the Westminster Budget (1892–96), he also began illustrating books. He became skillful using the new halftone process, and his drawings began to reveal a unique range of imagination. Rackham achieved renown with the publication of a 1900 edition of the Grimm brothers' Fairy Tales featuring his illustrations. He illustrated a limited edition of Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle (1905), which made him known in America as well. In 1908 Rackham was made a full member of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours.

"Inspired by the early 16th-century German artists Albrecht Dürer and Albrecht Altdorfer, Rackham produced drawings that are distinctive for their angularity and high detail. His illustrations are also noted for their ability to communicate the spirit of each story. Altogether he illustrated more than 60 books, including works of William Shakespeare, James Barrie, Charles Dickens, Jonathan Swift, Izaak Walton, John Milton, and Edgar Allan Poe, as well as Mother Goose rhymes and several further collections of fairy tales."

("Rackham, Arthur." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2007. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 14 May 2007 .)

Rackham also illustrated, among numerous others, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (1906), Alice In Wonderland (1907), Gulliver's Travels (1909), Aesop's Fables (1912), A Christmas Carol (1915), King Arthur (1917) Cinderella (1919), Sleepy Hollow (1928), The Night Before Christmas (1931), Hans Andersen (1932), Pied Pier of Hamelin (1934), Poe's Tales (1935), and The Wind In the Willows (1940).

A beautiful and important book, marked down here according to binding & condition.    [Book ID # 1963]


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