London: William Heinemann, 1926. Item #02732
A Fine Copy, in the Original Dust Jacket
[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. SHAKESPEARE, William. The Tempest. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. London: William Heinemann Ltd. [and] New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, .
Edition de Luxe. Limited to 520 copies (this copy being No. 285), numbered and signed by the artist. (Nos. 1 to 260 are for sale in Great Britain and Ireland and Nos. 261 to 520 in the United States.) Large quarto (11 1/2 x 9 inches; 290 x 230 mm.). [2, blank] xiii, , 185, [3, blank] pp. Twenty-one mounted color plates (including frontispiece) and twenty-five drawings in black and white.
Original quarter vellum over cream-colored vellum-style boards. Front cover and spine pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt, others uncut. An exceptionally fine copy. Partially uncut. In the original cream-colored pictorial dust jacket (different from the trade edition dust jacket) printed in red. Jacket spine very slightly darkened and with a couple of very light stains. Housed in the original (repaired) cardboard slipcase. Certainly one of the best copies that we have ever seen.
“There is an extra coloured plate in this edition that is not in the trade edition, this is the frontispiece titled ‘Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell: [Burthen. Ding-dong. Ariel. Hark! now I hear them,—Ding-dong, bell]’” (Riall).
Latimore and Haskell, pp. 61-62. Riall, p. 161.