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Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen, Arthur Rackham. Signed Limited Edition, 1932.



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Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen, Arthur Rackham. Signed Limited Edition, 1932. London: George G. Harrap & Co., Ltd. 1932.

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Quarto (263 × 194 mm). Deluxe binding of green full morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, spine lettered and panelled in gilt, sides bordered in gilt with large gilt devices at corners designed by Rackham, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, others uncut. In the original card slipcase with printed label numbered by hand “9”. Frontispiece and 11 full page plates by Arthur Rackham printed in full colour, with captioned tissue guards; uncoloured illustrations in text, of which 9 are full page; title page in black and brown. Spine even faded as often with this shade of green, else a fine copy.

Signed limited edition, special issue. The book is signed on the limitation page by Rackham and opposite is a humorous original ink and watercolour image, “An Old Wife’s Tale”, signed in full by the artist and dated 1932. This is one of the nine special copies commissioned by Harrap, with the deluxe leather binding and an original watercolour, of which eight were for sale. The publisher has added a manuscript note to that effect on the limitation page. The entire edition was limited to 525 copies, of which 500 were for sale. Each of the nine watercolours depicts a different scene. Describing his artistic method for these “specials”, Rackham pointed out that, “my little sketches must inevitably be of a light hearted or joking nature… They have to be spontaneous and free handed. The nature of the paper is such that there can be no preparatory drawing and no alterations”.

Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen, Arthur Rackham. –

RACKHAM, Arthur. The Peter Pan Portfolio, [1912]. Peter Harrington Rare Books.



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RACKHAM, Arthur. The Peter Pan Portfolio, from “Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens”, by J. M. Barrie. Published: London: Hodder & Stoughton, [1912].

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Elephant folio. Original full vellum portfolio, titles to front cover gilt, with the original ivory silk ties laced to a large bow at the spine and with two pairs of ivory silk fore-edge ties skilfully supplied to match. In the original green cloth-sided card box with full-page printed paper label to front. Housed in a custom green quarter morocco solander box. 12 large proof-size colour plates mounted in mats, with captioned tissue guards, by Rackham. The box a little worn in places, but a fine copy, a remarkable survival of this luxurious presentation.

Deluxe extra-limited edition, number 13 of 100 copies signed by the publisher and engraver on the limitation page and each plate signed on the mount by the artist, bound in full vellum. According to Latimore & Haskell, although Rackham was supposed to sign all 100 copies, the artist confessed that he had signed only about 20 of them. Copies numbered 101 to 600 were issued in a half vellum portfolio with green cloth sides; none of these was signed by Rackham. The Peter Pan Portfolio reproduces 12 of Rackham’s favourite illustrations at their original size. Barrie wrote enthusiastically of Rackham’s originals, which he had seen exhibited at the Leicester Galleries, “I like best of all the Serpentine with the fairies, and the Peter in his night-gown sitting in the tree. Next I would [sic] the flying Peters, the fairies going to the ball (as in the ‘tiff’ and the fairy on cobweb) – the fairies sewing the leaves with their sense of fun (the gayest thing this) and your treatment of snow” (Ray 329). Barrie’s comments seemingly influenced Rackham’s selection, as the portfolio includes all the images the author mentioned.

RACKHAM, Arthur. The Peter Pan Portfolio, [1912]. Peter Harrington Rare Books.