"SOFT COLORING, HUMOR AND FANTASTIC BEAUTY": SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF GULLIVER’S TRAVELS, ILLUSTRATED BY ARTHUR RACKHAM
(RACKHAM, Arthur) SWIFT, Jonathan. Gulliver's Travels Into Several Remote Nations Of The World. London and New York: J.M. Dent and E.P. Dutton, 1909. Quarto, original off-white cloth gilt, pictorial endpapers, top edge gilt, uncut, original rose ribbon ties. Housed in a custom slipcase. $3200.
Signed limited edition, number 170 of 750 copies signed by illustrator Arthur Rackham, of Swift’s sharp, satirical masterpiece, with 13 full-page color illustrations, two full-page black-and-white illustrations, and seven in-text black-and-white vignettes.
In a contemporary review, the New York Times praised "the soft coloring, the humor and fantastic beauty" of Rackham's illustrations for Swift's most famous work, "at once a favorite book of children and a summary of bitter scorn for mankind" (DNB). A reprint of Rackham's original 1900 edition, this edition boasts enlarged pages and an extra color plate not found in the trade edition, with other illustrations redrawn and colored (Hudson, 168). With publisher's slip laid in. Latimore & Haskell, 32-33. Riall, 91. Hamilton, 188.
Plates and text fine, mild soiling, trace of rubbing to bright gilt-stamped cloth, faint toning to spine. A handsome near-fine copy.