Some British Ballads
London: Constable & Co. Ltd., 1919. Item #04250
“Never did Old Poems Appear so Gayly Bedecked than Some British Ballads…"
RACKHAM, Arthur. Some British Ballads. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. London: Constable & Co. Ltd, n.d. .
Limited to 575 numbered and signed copies by the artist, this being copy no. 482.
Quarto (11 1/16 x 8 7/8 inches; 281 x 226 mm.). x, 170, [1, imprint], [1, blank] pp. Sixteen full color tipped-in plates with tissue guards lettered in red, twenty-four black and white drawings.
Bound ca. 1992 by Sangorski & Sutcliffe for E. Joseph (stamp-signed in gilt on front turn-in) in full dark blue crushed levant morocco. Covers ruled in gilt, front cover pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt to match the original 1919 cover design, spine paneled and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt-ruled board edges and turn-ins, top edge gilt, others uncut, marbled end-papers. A fine copy.
"Several of the Ballads in this book are based on the great work of Francis James Child…" (Note)
"Few of Mr Rackham's work have been more consistently impressed with charm and beauty than his illustrations in colour to Some British Ballads. In them he pictures a succession of fascinating heroines habited in quaint and picturesque costumes, amid surroundings which, though belonging to no definite place or period, are always appropriate and congruous. His heroes are hardly less charming than his heroines, and the scenes in which they are represented constitute a series of fascinating and delightful pictures ... one must feel grateful to Mr Rackham for giving us the prettiest picture book of the season" (The Connoisseur, Vol. LVI, 1920).
“Never did old poems appear so gayly bedecked than Some British Ballads, which Arthur Rackham has gorgeously illustrated with 16 paintings… It is hard to decide which the more attractive feature of this book—Mr. Rackham’s paintings or the ballads themselves” (New York Times).
"No more effective inspiration for the gifted brush of Arthur Rackham could be found than these popular old ballads. Handsomely printed and bound, this magnificent work should appeal to all" (The Atlantic Monthly, Dec. 1920).
Haskell and Latimore p. 50; Riall, p. 137.