1920. first edition. When Irish Elves Are Smiling It's an Arthur Rackham SpringWith the Lilt of Irish FairiesYou Can Hear the Goblins Sing[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. STEPHENS, James. Irish Fairy Tales. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1920. First American trade edition. Quarto (7 7/8 x 5 7/8 inches; 201 x 149 mm). x, 318 pp. Sixteen full color plates with captioned tissue guards, twenty-one drawings in black and white. Publisher's green cloth, front cover pictorially stamped in gilt, spine lettered in gilt. Engraved book-plate on front paste-down, ink inscription and small "Merry Christmas" postage stamp on free end-paper. Spine extremities a little rubbed, otherwise an excellent copy. The fairy tales in this book include:The Story of Tuan mac CairillThe Boyhood of FionnThe Birth of BranOisin's MotherThe Wooing of BecfolaThe Little Brawl at AllenThe Carl of the Drab CoatThe Enchanted Cave of Cesh CorranBecuma of the White SkinMorgan's Frenzy"Rackham's two great books of the twenties were James Stephens' Irish Fairy Tales of 1920 and Shakespeare's Tempest of 1926... Beyond the softness of style and inventiveness, the most striking thing about the colour plates for Irish Fairy Tales is the felicitous and appropriate use of celtic borders" (Gettings, p. 143)."Rackham's books for the English market in the early post-war years included Flora Annie Steel's English Fairy Tales Retold (1918) and his friend James Stephen's collection of Irish Fairy Tales In the latter book, Rackham broke new ground in the illustration of Irish literature. He had been persuaded to tackle Stephens's stories by Walter Starkie, who had vowed to give his uncle 'no peace' until he had agreed to illustrate them. In writing the stories, Stephens had attempted to create an Irish equivalent of The Arabian Nights, his own poetic retelling of the stories which existed in the oral tradition and in Gaelic texts, but which had not appeared accessibly in print. Rackham rose to the occasion, and his nephew's haunting of him was justified. The Dublin Independent was particularly warm in welcoming the collection, remarking: 'We read English tales with appreciation because pictures have familiarised us with English imagery. A Fenian tale lacks imagery because we have no art to give it colour and shape to what are presently only names. Some of Mr. Rackham's pictures are pure poems - they set you dreaming." (Hamilton, p. 128).Latimore and Haskell, p. 52. Riall, p. 138. (Inventory #: 03805)
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