Little Brother & Little Sister; And Other Tales From the Brother Grimm. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

"Exquisite Pitch of Execution"
One of 525 Copies Signed by the Artist
Magnificenty Bound by Bayntun-Riviere

[BAYNTUN-RIVIERE, Binders]. [RACKHAM, Arthur, artist]. GRIMM, Jakob and Wilhelm. Little Brother & Little Sister. And Other Tales From the Brother Grimm. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. London: Constable & Co., Ltd., 1917.

Limited to 525 copies signed by the artist, this being copy no. 259. Quarto (10 5/8 x 8 3/8 inches; 269 x 213 mm.). Thirteen tipped-in color plates, forty-three black and white text illustrations.

Bound by Bayntun-Riviere c. 1965 in full midnight green morocco with inlaid pictorial central panel reproducing the color-plate "She Begged Quite Prettily to be Allowed to Spend the Night There" (opposite p. 206) in gilt-tooled frame within triple gilt-ruled borders and large, gilt foliate corner-pieces. Gilt rolled edges. Broad, gilt dentelles. Gilt decorated compartments. All edges gilt. A magnificent and very fine copy, housed in the original fleece-lined dark green cloth slipcase.

"…it was during these years that he illustrated a new Brothers Grimm title, Little Brother and Little Sister which is in effect one of his crowning achievements. In these twelve colour plates we find the most astonishing versatility of style, and an exquisite pitch of execution. The style ranges from the delicate to the virtual burlesque caricature. On the one hand is an example of pre-Raphaelite, infinitely tender portrayals of womanhood, such as 'The True Sweetheart', or the delicate realism of Maid Maleen and her waiting woman escaping from the terrible tower of her father. Yet within the same book we find the classic Rackhamerie of the gnome with his beard caught in the cleft of the semi-anthropomorphized tree, appealing to Rose-red and Snow-white for help and the Hassell-like custard-pie of the three soldiers and the long nose. This is one of the few books illustrated by Rackham from which it would be possible to select any single-colour picture in order to demonstrate Rackham's art at its finest." (Gettings. Arthur Rackham, pp. 116-117).

Lattimore and Haskell, p. 46. Riall, p. 129. Item #01966

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