WITH A LOVELY, LARGE ORIGINAL SIGNED DRAWING BY ARTHUR RACKHAM OF THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE: AESOP’S FABLES, SIGNED LIMITED EDITION, TWICE SIGNED BY RACKHAM
(RACKHAM, Arthur) AESOP. Aesop's Fables. A New Translation by V.S. Vernon Jones, with an Introduction by G.K. Chesterton. London and New York: William Heinemann and Doubleday, Page, 1912. Large quarto, full red morocco gilt with green morocco border inlays and multi-colored morocco onlay of pictorial image to front cover matching the original pen drawing on the title page; top edge gilt, silk pastedowns, marbled free endpapers, uncut.
Signed limited first edition of Rackham’s rendition of these classic tales, number 1196 of 1450 copies signed by Rackham, with 13 mounted color plates and 53 in-text line cuts, many full-page. This unique copy with a lovely and large original pen-and-ink drawing by Rackham of the tortoise and the hare on the half title, also signed by him. Beautifully bound with green morocco border inlays; pictorial gilt and multi-colored morocco onlays to front cover.
Rackham illustrates such classic morality tales as "The Hare and the Tortoise," "The Fox and the Grapes," "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse," "The Fir-tree and the Bramble" and "The Shipwrecked Man and the Sea." "The Aesop illustrations contain several self-caricatures of Rackham, including the man who catches the flea" (Dalby, 78). Latimore & Haskell, 38-39. Riall, 111.
Light foxing to endpapers; text and plates clean and fine. A beautifully bound copy, most desirable with an large original drawing signed by Rackham.