Signed by Rackham[Arthur Rackham, illustrator]. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. [Mrs. Edgar Lucas, translator]. The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm. London: Constable & Co., 1909.
First, thus. Octavo. xv, 325 pages. Limited to 750 copies signed by Rackham, this being number 444. Illustrated with fifty-five drawings in black and white and forty full-page color plates (including frontispiece) mounted on white paper with tissue guards.
Full vellum over boards. Gilt lettering and pictorial vignettes to top board and spine. Yellow silk ties. Top edge gilt. In custom red silk slipcase. Near fine.
"Rackham is often thought of as a master of the grotesque, but such pictures should be set alongside such delicate portraits as the two illustrations for 'The Goosegirl' to keep them in proportion. But it is the dangerous and suspenseful episodes in fairytales that clamour to be illustrated, and Rackham provides them in plenty" (Blamires).
David Blamires, Telling Tales, 174. Latimore and Haskell, 35.
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