by RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator | Irving, Washington |
1928. Arthur Rackham Awakens Sleepy Hollow[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. IRVING, Washington. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. London: George G. Harrap & Co., .Limited to 250 numbered copies for England (this copy being No. 102) and 125 copies for the United States, signed by Arthur Rackham. Quarto (10 3/16 x 8 inches; 262 x 203 mm.). 102, , [1, blank] pp. Eight color plates and thirty drawings in black and white. Minimal foxing to preliminary leaves.Publisher's vellum over boards, front cover and spine decoratively stamped in gilt, color pictorial end-papers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Corners very slightly bumped, engraved bookplate on front paste-down. A near fine copy. Housed in a later gray cloth slipcase.By 1928, the traditional Rackham book - freely and lavishly illustrated, and lushly produced - was, culturally no longer in fashion nor financially feasible. Artistically, Rackham's work was being overshadowed by a younger generation. Publisher George Harrap stepped in, took up the challenge, and, through production economies, published a new kind of Rackham book. But if the volumes were not as spectacular as in the past, the artwork was no less impressive.Latimore and Haskell, pp. 63-64. Riall, pp. 164-165. (Inventory #: 03921)
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