London: J.M. Dent & Co., 1907. Item #04254
One of 560 Copies Signed by Arthur Rackham
Bound by Zaehnsdorf for E. Joseph
[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. [BARHAM, Richard Harris]. 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 1/8 x 8 7/8 inches; 284 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. A few leaves with light , mainly marginal foxing and or browning. An excellent copy.
Bound ca. 1985 by Zaehnsdorf for E. Joseph (stamp-signed in gilt on front turn-in) in full dark green crushed levant morocco. Covers ruled in gilt, front cover pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt to match the original 1907 cover design, spine paneled and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt-ruled board edges and turn-ins, top edge gilt, others uncut, Cockerel endpapers.
“This edition is a reprint of the 1898 edition, with added illustrations and larger pages” (Latimore and Haskell).
"In 1898 Messrs. Dent and Co. first published 'The Ingoldsby Legends,' with about one hundred illustrations of mine. This book has met with a very satisfactory reception, but the publisher's have felt with me that, with the addition of new drawings, a careful overhauling would make it worthy of publication in a more important form, in which greater prominence could be given to the illustrations by better and larger reproductions, including a greater number of illustrations in colour.
"To this end the following has been done:
"The frontispiece and the coloured illustration facing page 508 have been specially drawn, and all the other illustrations in colour have been worked on to a considerable extent, and specially coloured for this edition. A few illustrations in the earlier edition have been omitted and in their place have been added those facing page 254 and on pages vi, 25, 37, 316, 320, and 333.
"Many of the pen drawings have been reconsidered and worked on again - those which have been worked on to any great extent being now signed with both dates, 1898 and 1907. Of the rest, reproductions on a larger scale have been made in all but a few cases, and the text has been revised and entirely reset for this edition' (Rackham, Prefatory Note).
Latimore and Haskell, pp. 30-31. Riall, p. 83.