New York: Doubleday Page & Co.,, 1912. Item #03544
First American Trade Edition
[RACKHAM, Arthur]. Aesop's Fables. A New Translation by V.S. Vernon Jones with an Introduction by G. K. Chesterton and Illustrations by Arthur Rackham. New York: Doubleday Page & Co., 1912.
First American trade edition. Octavo (8 1/16 x 6 inches; 205 x 153 mm.). xxix, [1, blank], 223,  pp. Thirteen color plates, including frontispiece, with captioned tissue guards, fifty-three black and white drawings, nineteen full page.
Publisher's green cloth with a duplicate color plate "The Quack Frog" (facing p. 56) pasted onto front cover. Front cover and spine lettered in dark green, pictorial endpapers printed in green. A very good copy.
"In Aesop's Fables (1912)...Rackham's primary intention was to amuse, but his illustrations for fables of 'The Moon and her Mother' and 'The Gnat and the Lion' suggest the imaginative refinement that he brought to the task. Rackham was often his own model; there are several self-caricatures to be detected in Aesop's Fables. He is the man wh catches the flea, the pompous gentleman who scoldsd the drowning boy, the credulous slave-owner who scrubs the black boy" (Hudson, Derek. Arthur Rackham His Life and Work, p. 94).
Cf. Latimore and Haskell pp. 38-9. Cf. Riall, p. 111.