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19 September 2017: Arthur Rackham

 The 19th September marks the 150th birthday of celebrated illustrator Arthur Rackham. During the ‘Golden Age’ of British book illustration Rackham was one of its leading artists. Many of the works he illustrated were published in a De Luxe limited edition in addition to a smaller trade edition.

Stylistically, Rackham’s illustrations reflected pen and India ink drawings. He used expressive line paired with a subtle use of watercolour to create his beautiful images. Below are several examples of Rackham’s works from our ever-expanding library.

The first, and probably one of the most famous illustrated works by Rackham is Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. We have a first edition of this work which is adorned with colour plates by Rackham. His ethereal designs compliment the magic of this tale. Click here to view our listing.

  


   

Another work illustrated by Rackham in our collection is this 1916 edition of Undine. This German fairy-tale novella features an under-water spirit who marries a knight to gain a soul. Translated from the original German of Friedrich de la Motte Fouque, this is a beautiful example of the work. Click here to view our listing.

 Rackham illustrated many famous novels including Oliver Goldsmith’s The Vicar of Wakefield. We have recently acquired a copy of this illustrated work and it shall be on our website soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

In addition to works illustrated by Rackham we also have an interesting critical work titled Modern Book Illustrators and their Work. This title, edited by C Geoffrey Holme and Ernest G Halton discusses many famous illustrators throughout time including a chapter on Arthur Rackham. Click here to view our listing. 

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