This wonderful Antique Art Nouveau Masterpiece..'The Ingoldsby Legends'.. was published in 1907 and includes 100 fabulous drawings by early 20th Century Master book illustrator.. Arthur Rackham (1867-1939).
This is the book that first made Rackham realize his best work was in the realms of fantasy, and a whole generation of children and artists were influenced by his bold Pre-Raphaelite inspired drawings.
With 24 stunning 'tipped-in' color plates, 12 tinted plates and more than 60 monotone images, it is the ultimate Rackham... a pure delight.
The 'Ingoldsby Legends' is a collection of Fairy tales, Myths, Ghost stories, Poems and Legends, written by English clergyman Richard Harris Barham, under the nom-de-plume Thomas Ingoldsby of Tappington Manor. It was first published in 1837 in the magazine 'Bentley's Miscellany'. The stories are mostly humorous parodies and pastiches of Medieval folklore.
The stories were revived in 1898 with illustrations by Arthur Rackham, but the joint publishers JM Dent and Co of London and EP Dutton and Co of New York desired "to present the Ingoldsby Legends in something like an 'Edition Definitive De Luxe'" and so commissioned Arthur Rackham to re-do the original illustrations and add more for this 'new enlarged format' edition.
Published in 1907, there was far more emphasis on the illustrations.."the colored pictures with their delicacy of tint and line were all produced by the Graphic Photo Engraving Co, using the latest and highest development of the 3 color work". Where Rackham has updated the illustrations they bear the dates 1898 and 1907.
Printed on full cream vellum with gilded titles, by Messrs McFarlane and Erskine of Edinburgh and the Ballantyne Press of London, it is a Fairy Tale lovers delight.
With the original gold stamped green cloth cover, titled tissue guards, beautiful pictorial end papers, top edge gilding and side and bottom edge rough cut, the Antique condition is good. The cover has some faded patches and some of the tissue guards have foxing. There are no names written on the fly but there is a bookplate inscribed Charles and Margaret James.
It is becoming very difficult to find anything by Arthur Rackham that has not been 'savaged' by spurious purveyors of antique engravings. With 100 drawings and color plates to choose from the value of the individual illustrations alone is more than $3000-00.
There are no missing illustrations. There is some staining, fading and rubbing to the boards and spine, but all consistent with the age.
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