Arthur Rackham – Book of Pictures 1913

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Short Biography:

Arthur Rackham (19 September 1867 – 6 September 1939) was an English book illustrator.

Arthur Rackham is widely regarded as one of the leading illustrators from the ‘Golden Age’ of British book illustration which encompassed the years from 1900 until the start of the First World War. During that period, there was a strong market for high quality illustrated books which typically were given as Christmas gifts. Many of Rackham’s books were produced in a de luxe limited edition, often vellum bound and sometimes signed, as well as a larger, less ornately bound quarto ‘trade’ edition. This was often followed by a more modestly presented octavo edition in subsequent years for particularly popular books. The onset of the war in 1914 curtailed the market for such quality books, and the public’s taste for fantasy and fairies also declined in the 1920s.

Hope you all have a Wonderful New year !! I had a bit of time during Christmas’s break to re-scan the Limited Edition of “Arthur Rackham’s Book of Pictures”, published in 1913 also known as “The best of Arthur Rackham by Arthur Rackham”. The book contains 44 of his best illustrations, many chosen from his famous early works: Peter Pan, Rip Van Winkle, Undine … it also contains many illustrations never published before.

Enjoy and Have Very Happy New Year,

-Minh Lai

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