London: J.M.Dent & Co., 1907. Item #03891
Signed by Arthur Rackham
[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. INGOLDSBY, Thomas (pseudonym of Richard Harris Barham). The Ingoldsby Legends or Mirth & Marvels. By Thomas Ingoldsby Esquire. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham A.R.W.S. London: J.M. Dent & Co., 1907.
Large paper edition. Limited to 560 numbered copies, “of which 500 are for sale in England and 50 in America,” signed by the artist. This copy is No. 405 of the English edition.
Large quarto (11 1/4 x 8 7/8 inches; 286 x 226 mm.). xix, [1, blank], 549, [3, blank] pp. Twenty-four color plates mounted on dark olive paper, with descriptive tissue guards (except for the frontispiece), twelve plates tinted but not mounted, and sixty-six drawings in black and white in the text ( full-page). With the printing flaw to the tinted plate facing p. 254 (it is on coated paper, is uncaptioned, and has offsetting from the text to the image). Title printed in red and brown within a decorative tinted border.
Original vellum over boards pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt on front cover and spine. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Dark olive pictorial endpapers. Silk ties missing. Light soiling to boards and small one inch split on upper joint. Paper slightly browned and a little brittle at edges with a few tears, some minor foxing. A fair copy only. Housed in a blue cloth slipcase.
This is the finest Rackham-illustrated edition of The Ingoldsby Legends with additional color illustrations, improved color illustrations, large-paper format, and reworked pen and ink drawings not found in the edition of 1898.
“This edition is a reprint of the 1898 edition, with added illustrations and larger pages” (Latimore and Haskell).
Latimore and Haskell, pp. 30-31. Riall, p. 83.