Rackham, Arthur. London: George Harrap & Co, 1933. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First trade edition. Illustrated with three color plates and a frontispiece by Arthur Rackham. Publisher's stiff paper wrappers with roughly trimmed edges, front wrapper illustrated in black, green, and maroon, with green patterned endpapers; in the matching original dust jacket. A near fine copy with a touch of wear to extremities and a small tear to spine foot, faint offsetting to pages opposite the color plates, some light foxing throughout, concentrated at the upper inch of the gutter; in a very good dust jacket with toning to extremities and a few scattered spots, a few nicks to corners and a one-inch chip to the bottom right corner of the rear panel. Overall, a very nice copy. "Goblin Market" is a popular narrative poem from Rossetti's first commercially published collection of poetry, Goblin Market and Other Poems (1862). The poem tells the story of two sisters, Laura and Lizzie, who encounter a group of goblin merchants while they collect water at a stream near their home, and, while Lizzie keeps her distance, Laura is lured by the goblins' strange features and luscious fruits. While the first 1862 edition was illustrated by the poet's brother Dante Gabriel Rossetti, this edition contains artwork by noted illustrator Arthur Rackham. 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 vellum bindings, printed on handmade paper, and signed by the illustrator. The trade editions were published concurrently in simple bindings, on thinner paper, and with fewer color plates. This publication strategy benefited both publisher and artist; Rackham produced about one book per year and would have an annual gallery exhibition showing his original artwork for his latest book.