1919. The First of Arthur Rackham's Two Great Silhouette BooksEdition de Luxe, Signed by Arthur Rackham[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. Cinderella. Retold by C.S. Evans and Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. London: William Heinemann, .Edition de Luxe. Limited to 850 copies, numbered and signed by the illustrator, of which this is no. 466 of 525 copies on English handmade paper. Large quarto (11 3/16 x 8 15/16 inches; 284 x 225 mm.). 110, [1, printers imprint], [1, blank] pp. Mounted color frontispiece with color pictorial border and tissue guard. Three double-page silhouette drawings with color, one single-page silhouette drawing with color (not included in the trade edition), thirteen single-page silhouette drawings without color, and thirty-six silhouette drawings in the text. Title with color pictorial border.Original quarter tan buckram over green boards pictorially stamped and lettered in black on front cover and spine. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Pictorial end-papers in green and white. Board edges a little rubbed otherwise a near finet copy."Rackham gave his talk to on Silhouettes to the Art Workers' Guild in November 1919, the month in which Cinderella, the first of his two great silhouette books, was published. Cinderella and The Sleeping Beauty differed from Rackhams' preceding books in relying almost wholly for their effect on silhouette. It is immediately clear that Rackham is a master of the medium, being able to evoke character and humour by profile and gesture alone, and allowing the two-dimensional effect of his pen work to lead the reader through the book and keep the story going. Silhouette books, even with additional colours had lower production costs than their colour plate equivalents, and so were an attractive option both for publishers and customers in the uncertain post-war market." (James Hamilton. Arthur Rackham, A Biography, p. 188).Latimore and Haskell, pp. 49-50. Riall, pp. 134-135. Hamilton, p. 189 (Inventory #: 03884)
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