Rackham, Arthur. Hard Cover. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1912. Very Good.
Illustrated by Arthur Rackham with fifty tipped in color plates, frontispiece dated 1912. New enlarged edition, early issue with illustrated endpapers and title page printed in two colors. Publisher's green cloth, decorated and lettered in gilt to front board and spine. A very good copy with some toning to extremities, rebacked in bright green cloth with original backstrip laid down, significantly toned and rubbed, gilt to front board still very bright, foxing to text block edges and scattered throughout, else generally clean. 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 out 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. The recipient of multiple awards for illustrations, Rackham was a diverse artist with a talent for both the fantastical and the intricacies of human nature, as demonstrated in his famous illustrations for Peter Pan.