Hard Cover. London: William Heinemann, 1919. Very Good.
Illustrated by Arthur Rackham with numerous silhouette illustrations in black and in color, along with a tipped in color frontispiece. Limited edition of 850 copies, including 525 printed on handmade paper, numbered and signed by the illustrator. With an additional signature and original drawing by Rackham to the half-title, dated December 20, 1919. Publisher's quarter tan cloth and green paper boards stamped in black, green and white pictorial endpapers, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. A very good copy with some light toning and soiling to boards, extremities with a touch of rubbing, scattered foxing to text, some offsetting from the illustrations, tissue guard with a small area of loss to the upper right corner, bookplate to front pastedown. Overall, a beautiful copy, uncommon with a second signature. Cinderella is a fairytale that tells of a young girl living with her wicked stepmother and two evil stepsisters. Forced to live a servant's life in her own home, it is not until an unexpected visit from her fairy godmother that she finally has a chance to attend the Prince's ball. Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) was a prolific British artist and illustrator, best known for his deluxe editions of popular children's books. Artistically inclined since childhood, Rackham started illustrating for newspapers, but it was not until he began drawing for children's literature that he received critical acclaim. In response to his burgeoning fame, Rackham's publisher, William Heinemann, began producing deluxe and trade editions of his illustrated works, the first being Rip Van Winkle in 1905. Deluxe editions were produced in a limited edition of numbered copies (ranging in quantity from 250 - 2,020), bound in special bindings, printed on handmade paper, and signed by the illustrator. Notably, though Rackham's style is usually characterized by detailed fine lines and use of muted, pastel colors, Cinderella is one of two books to feature Rackham's silhouette drawings more prominently, using contrast and negative space to convey the same sense of whimsy and fantasy that comes through in his other work.