1906 · London
by [Arthur Rackham] Browne, Maggie and Miranda Hill
London: Cassell and Company, Limited, 1906. First Thus. First edition in book form of Little Folks Plays ("Cinderella" previously published as a stand-alone in 1903). Small octavo (7 1/4 x 4 3/4 inches; 185 x 121 mm.). Collating [1-3], 4-48, , 4-30, , 34-48, [5-9], 10-48. Publisher's blue cloth, front cover pictorially stamped in dark brown and lettered in dark brown and gilt. Spine lettered in dark brown, plain end-papers. Expertly rebacked with the original cloth spine laid-down. Two full-page color plates and two full-page black and white drawings by Arthur Rackham. Four other full-page color plates and several black and white drawings by H.R. Millar and others. An excellent copy. The strange pagination does not account for the apparently intentional stubs left by the publisher, which, when counted, gives continuous numbers. The book, though, is complete in spite of the quirky pagination; it has been compared with the few other known copies as a check for completeness. The publication date has been taken from Riall, as well as the copy in the University of Texas Libraries, which has a 1906 inscription as well as bound in publisher's advertisements dated August, 1906 (though this is in a variant tan binding). 'Cinderella" is a very early illustrated work by Arthur Rackham, first appearing in the Little Folks monthly in November and December of 1897. Counting the frontispiece, there are two full color full page plates, and two full page black and white plates. "Rumpelstiltzkin and Dimmling" is illustrated with 2 color plates and 3 black and white plates. "Rumpelstiltzkin" is illustrated by H. R. Millar; it apparently appeared in book form in 1903, but one of the plates is dated '94. The final work, "How to Get Up a Children's Play" is illustrated with line drawings and two unsigned full color plates. A very early and really scarce Rackham, whose career is usually dated from 1894. His Cinderella is significantly different form the illustrations in his later work. Gettings 175 (1903 Cinderella). Hamilton 188 (1903 edition). Hudson 175 (1906 edition). Riall 55. Not in Latimore and Haskell.
(Inventory #: 3750)