London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., 1928. Item #04255
Arthur Rackham Awakens Sleepy Hollow
Bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe for E. Joseph
[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. 211) and 125 copies for the United States, signed by Arthur Rackham.
Quarto (10 1/8 x 7 7/8 inches; 258 x 200 mm.). 102, , [1, blank] pp. Eight color plates and thirty drawings in black and white. Minimal marginal foxing throughout, otherwise fine.
Bound ca. 1992 by Sangorski & Sutcliffe 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 1928 cover design, spine paneled and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt-ruled board edges and decorative gilt turn-ins, top edge gilt, others uncut, original color printed pictorial endpapers. A 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.