Arthur Rackham – The Night Before Christmas 1931

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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.

It’s almost Christmas and another New Year to come. What an amazing year for me here at nocloo.com, I’ve scanned more than 500 illustrations this year and presented many new books, some extremely rare and if time permit, many more exciting illustrators to come.

With great pleasure, I’m bringing to you a fitting present this Christmas, illustrations from the book “The Night Before Christmas” by Clement C. Moore and illustrated by one my my favorite illustrator: Arthur Rackham.

I wish you all a Very Happy and Safe Holidays and all the bests for the New Year to come.

-Minh Lai

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