New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, 1914. Item #03134
An Unrecorded Binding Variant
In the Scarce Dust Jacket
With All Plates in Color
[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. MARTINEAU, Harriet. Feats on the Fiord. By Harriet Martineau. With Coloured Illustrations by Arthur Rackham. London : J.M. Dent & Sons Limited / New York: E.P. Dutton & Company,
Second (and best) American edition, with all the plates in color, in an unrecorded binding variant. Octavo (7 x 5 in; 178 x 127 mm). 128 pp. Eight color plates, including frontispiece (all dated 1899).
Publisher's original blue cloth pictorially and ornamentally stamped in gilt, gilt lettered and ornamented spine with E.P. Dutton & Co. at foot and onlaid color plate ("It came nearer and nearer, and at last quite up to the can of ale" (frontisiece)) to upper board. Original pictorial dust jacket (also with E.P. Dutton & Co. at foot), printed in green.
A fine copy in the very scarce dust jacket (jacket slightly chipped at top and bottom of spine).
Both Latimore & Haskell and Riall note binding in red or green cloth but not blue, as here.
The half-title reads: Tales for Children from Many Lands Edited by F.C. Tilney.
"I have seen a copy that causes a confusion as to which is the 1st edition. The cover has a label pasted over "With Coloured Illustrations by Arthur Rackham" to change the title to "With coloured illustrations ", and on the title page there is no mention of "Coloured by W. Cubitt Cooke". There may have been a mistake of ommitting the the colouring had been done by another on the title page so the pasted plate was added to the cover until the 2nd. issue." (Riall, p.122).
Just to complicate matters further - our copy has "Coloured Illustrations by Arthur Rackham" on the front cover, no mention of Cubitt Cooke on the title-page - but there is a small erratum slip which is tipped-in over the List of Illustrations which reads: "Erratum / Title Page / The illustrations in this volume are reproduced from line drawings by Arthur Rackham, but the pictures have been coloured by W. Cubitt Cooke." (DJB).
"The Ingoldsby Legends commission [by Dent] was soon followed by another from Dent, for the eleven illustrations to Harriet Martineau's Feats on the Fjord. To be quite sure of getting the detail in the Norwegian costumes right, Rackham sought the advice of Dr. Hans Reusch, the friend he had made in Norway the year before" (Hamilton, Arthur Rackham: A Biography, pp. 50-51).
In the first edition of 1899 [The Temple Classics for Young People], the twelve plates, with the exception of the frontispiece, are in black and white, and the title page thus lacks the credit to W. Cubitt Cooke.
Colorist William Cubitt Cooke was a friend of Rackham's, a fellow member of the Langham Sketching Club, a group organized by The Artist's Society, meeting at its London headquarters each Friday evening from October through May.
Latimore and Haskell, p. 43. Riall, p. 122.