London: William Heinemann, 1926. Item #03592
First Trade Edition of The Tempest Illustrated by Arthur Rackham
Scarce in the Original Printed Dust Jacket
[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. SHAKESPEARE, William. The Tempest. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. London: William Heinemann Ltd., .
First trade edition. Quarto (9 3/4 x 7 1/8 inches; 247 x 113 mm.). [2, blank] ix, , 185, [3, blank] pp. Twenty mounted color plates (including frontispiece) and twenty-five drawings in black and white.
Original black cloth over boards. Front cover and spine pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt. Top edge stained green. Minimal spotting to preliminary leaves only, otherwise a fine copy. In the original tan dust jacket printed in red. Minimal darkening to jacket spine otherwise near fine.
The Tempest is among Gettings' survey of Rackham's Best Book Illustrations.
Latimore and Haskell, pp. 61-62. Riall, p. 161. Hudson p. 171. Gettings pp. 151, 153 and 180.