London: George G. Harrap & Co., 1928. Item #03921
Arthur Rackham Awakens Sleepy Hollow
[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. IRVING, Washington. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. London: George G. Harrap & Co., .
Limited to 250 numbered copies for England (this copy being No. 102) and 125 copies for the United States, signed by Arthur Rackham.
Quarto (10 3/16 x 8 inches; 262 x 203 mm.). 102, , [1, blank] pp. Eight color plates and thirty drawings in black and white. Minimal foxing to preliminary leaves.
Publisher's vellum over boards, front cover and spine decoratively stamped in gilt, color pictorial end-papers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Corners very slightly bumped, engraved bookplate on front paste-down. A near fine copy. Housed in a later gray cloth slipcase.
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.