Signed Limited Arthur Rackham First Edition

    [Arthur Rackham, illustrator]. Some British Ballads. London: Constable and Company, 1919.

    First edition limited to 575 numbered copies, of which this is number 354, signed by Arthur Rackham. Sixteen color plates by Rackham tipped in with tissue guards, inclusive of frontispiece.

    Sumptuously bound by Bayntun-Rivière in full blue morocco over boards. Gilt fillets and floral designs to boards and spine. Raised bands. Gilt lettering to spine. All edges gilt. Gilt-tooled inner dentelles. Marbled endpapers. Fine.

    In addition to the color plates, Rackham also provides a few black and white head- and tail-pieces. Overall, the illustrations are rather tame for Rackham, prompting this response in vol. 69 of The International Studio (1919): "The subjects [Rackham] deals with in this volume do not afford scope for that indulgence in the grotesque to which he has so often shown an inclination, but his drawings are not the less interesting for that."

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