London: George G. Harrap & Co., Ltd., 1928. Item #03638
Arthur Rackham Awakens Sleepy Hollow
[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. IRVING, Washington. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. London: George G. Harrap & Co., Ltd., .
First trade edition. Quarto (9 13/16 x 7 1/2 inches; 250 x 191 mm.). 102, , [1, blank] pp. Eight color plates and thirty drawings in black and white.
Publisher's green cloth pictorially stamped in gilt on front cover and lettered in gilt on spine. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Pictorial endpapers. Front board very slightly 'bowed' otherwise a near fine copy.
By 1928, the traditional Rackham book - freely and lavishly illustrated, and lushly produced - was, culturally no longer in fashion nor financially feasible. Artistically, Rackham's work was being overshadowed by a younger generation. Publisher George Harrap stepped in, took up the challenge, and, through production economies, published a new kind of Rackham book. But if the volumes were not as spectacular as in the past, the artwork was no less impressive.
Latimore and Haskell, pp. 63-64. Riall, pp. 164-165.