Perrault, Charles; Rackham, Arthur (illustrator)
Mother Goose. The Old Nursery Rhymes. [Signed by the artist]
Publisher: William Heinmann, London;
Date of Publication: 1910
Stock Code: 9504
SIGNED FIRST EDITION THUS. No. 282 of the Deluxe Llimited Edition of 1100 copies signed by the artist. Quarto, pp. 159, . With colour frontispiece and 12 colour plates mounted on thick fawn paper, with captioned tissue guards captioned in brown, additional black and white illustrations throughout the text by Rackham. Bound in the original publishers’ ivory-white cloth, gilt blocked vignette and titles to upper boards, gilt titles and ornaments to spine, blind printer’s device to lower board, top edges gilt other untrimmed.
Cloth lightly soiled, endpapers toned, light speckled foxing mainly to prelims and fore-edges. A tight, square, clean copy free of ownership inscriptions or annotations, with bright vibrant illustrations and bright gilt decorations. A very good copy.
A collection of the best-loved nursery-rhymes by Charles Perrault illustrated in Rackham’s characteristic enchanting style. A leading figure of the Golden Age of British book illustration, Rackham’s dark and ethereal approach to his subjects continues to influence artists, illustrators and film directors to this day.
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