“…I HAVE MORE AFFECTION FOR THE GRIMM DRAWINGS…”: RACKHAM’S FAIRY TALES OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM, 1909
RACKHAM, Arthur. The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm. New York: Doubleday, Page, 1909. Thick octavo, original half brown reverse calf gilt, pictorial endpapers.
Second, enlarged American trade edition of one of Arthur Rackham’s most celebrated works, with 40 mounted color plates and 55 in-text illustrations by him, several full-page.
When first published in 1900, Rackham’s illustrated edition of the Grimm Brothers’ timeless fairy tales proved “immediately successful and… marked the beginning of Rackham’s lasting fame” (Hudson, 46). The 1909 edition is the “final and best-known edition” (Hudson, 46) and features additional, redrawn and re-colored illustrations, as well as enlarged pages. Rackham would later write, “In many ways I have more affection for the Grimm drawings than for other sets” (Hudson, 46). Simultaneously released in signed limited British and American editions of 750 and 50 copies, respectively. Riall, 97. Latimore & Haskell, 34. Bookplate of Katherine Linn Sage, better known as Kay Sage, American Surrealist artist and poet. Bookseller’s small ticket. Headpiece on page 1 neatly hand-colored (not as issued).
Scattered light foxing. Front inner paper hinge expertly reinforced. Mild rubbing to boards, spine and cover gilt bright. An extremely good copy.