London: Macmillan & Co., 1918. Item #03632
Edition De Luxe
One of 500 Signed Copies
[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. STEEL, Flora Annie. English Fairy Tales. Retold by Flora Annie Steel. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. London: Macmillan & Co., 1918.
Edition de Luxe. Limited to 500 numbered copies, (this copy being no. 331), signed by the artist. Large quarto (11 3/16 x 8 7/8 inches; 284 x 22 mm.). [2, limitation leaf], ix, [1, blank], 341, [3, blank] pp. Sixteen color plates mounted on textured white paper, with captioned tissue guards, and forty-one drawings in black and white.
Original vellum over boards pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt on front cover and spine. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Pictorial endpapers in green and white. Some marginal stains on a few plate mounts, vellum uniformly darkened. A good and very reasonably priced copy of one of Arthur Rackham's best titles.
"Rackham's books for the English market in the early post-war years included Flora Annie Steel's English Fairy Tales Retold (1918), with its 57 illustrations…" (Hamilton, p. 128)
Amongst many others, the fairy tales include:
St. George of Merrie England
The Story of the Three Bears
Jack the Giant-Killer
The Golden Ball
Jack and the Beanstalk
The Three Little Pigs
The Old Woman and her Pig
Little Red Riding-Hood
The Babes in the Wood
The Ass, the Table, and the Stick
The Rose Tree
Latimore and Haskell, p. 48. Riall, p. 132.