The Arthur Rackham Fairy Book. A Book of Old Favourites. London: Harrap, 1933. First Edition. Pp, 287. Maroon cloth pictorial boards, light shelf-wear and dust soiling, contents in fine bright condition. With eight full-page colour plates and numerous illustrations in black & white throughout the text.
Contains a truly wonderful collection of classic children’s stories. They include: Charles Perrault’s ‘Hop O’ My Thumb’, ‘Sleeping Beauty’, ‘Cinderella’ and ‘Bluebeard’, traditional English tales such as ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and ‘Dick Whittington’, as well as tales from Arabian nights.
Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) was one of the most celebrated painters of the British Golden Age of Illustration (which encompassed the years from 1850 until the start of the First World War). Throughout his career, he developed a unique style, combining haunting humour with dream-like romance.