Full Page Arthur Rackham Illustrations
|Publisher||THE HERITAGE PRESS|
The Heritage Press, 1940 (the year following Rackhamâ€™s death). Very good condition throughout, former owner inscription and pasted illustration on inside cover. Twelve full page color plates and twelve black & white chapter headings. Publishers blue cloth, front cover pictorially stamped in gilt, spine lettered in gilt, all edges stained red. "The book is a gentle delight, presenting illustrations by the iconic illustrator Arthur Rackham. Several full page glossy plates: the â€˜Golden Day when the three heroes walked by the Caravan, Mole leading a happy horseâ€™; the placid Rat handing a hamper to put into a boat, a plate famous among Rackham lovers because it was the boat for which Rackham forgot to draw the oars, an omission which some see as significant in view of the artistâ€™s imminent death. Perhaps the most interesting picture is the frontispiece, which depicts the egocentric Toad levelled to the drab clothes of a no-pocket washerwoman, hopping about permissively, totally unequipped for the real contest. In the real world of people, like all egoists, animal or human, he is alien, and it is a typical piece of Rackhamerie that we should see two children laughing at the glum toad, not because he is a toad, but because he is obviously pretending to be something else." A wonderful antique Rackham illustrated classic - a fantastic gift item. 190 pages.