"A Joy to All Sensitive People for Years and Years to Come"
Limited to 750 Copies Signed by the Artist
Beautifully Bound by Christopher Lewis
[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles. [LEWIS, Christopher, binder]. The Springtide of Life. Poems of Childhood by Algernon Charles Swinburne. With a Preface by Edmund Gosse. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. London: William Heinemann, (1918).
Limited to 765 copies signed and numbered by the artist, this being copy no. 580. Large quarto (11 x 8 3/4 in; 284 x 224 mm). ix, , 132,  pp. Nine full color tipped-in plates with captioned tissue guards, fifty-two black and white drawings.
Bound c. early 1970s by Chris Lewis in full emerald morocco. Gilt-ruled border. Gilt frame enclosing a pictorial onlay of multi-colored morocco with painted highlights that reproduces the frontispiece. Gilt decorated compartments. Gilt rolled edges. Gilt rolled turn-ins. Top edge gilt. A fresh, crisp, fine copy. Housed in a later custom drop-back clamshell box.
The signed limited edition contains one extra colored plate that is not found in the trade edition - the frontispiece.
"[Rackham's] drawings for Swinburne's poems of childhood, The Springtide of Life…attracted the admiration of Edmund Gosse, who expressed his appreciation in a preface and told Rackham personally (18th October 1918: 'This volume will not merely be the best book of the present art-season, but a joy to all sensitive people for years and years to come'" (Hudson, Arthur Rackham His Life and Work, p. 108).
"As the close of his life approached, Swinburne frequently expressed his intention to extract from his various volumes those poems which were addressed to children, or were descriptive of child-life, and to publish them in a separate collection. He died without having found occasion to carry out this plan, and he left no directions with regard to the way in which it ought to be done… One reason why Swinburne never brought out such a collection was his failure to find an artist who could interpret to his satisfaction the simplicity and freshness of his verses. We are fortunate in having secured, in Mr. Arthur Rackham, one whose delicate and romantic fancy is in sensitive harmony with Swinburne's, and who understands, no less than he did, how "Heaven lies about us in our infancy." (Edmund Gosse),
Christopher Lewis began his career at the internationally renowned Bayntun-Riviere Bindery of Bath, England, during the early 1960s as a finisher. In the 1970s, he established his own bindery and further developed his masterful inlay and gilt work, incorporating innovative painted highlights for heightened dramatic visual effect.
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