London: Ward, Lock & Co; Limited, 1902. Item #04416
Anyone For Cricket?
Arthur Rackham at 'The Stumps'
[RACKHAM, Arthur]. BLEACKLEY, Horace. More Tales of the Stumps. Illustrated by 'RIP' and Arthur Rackham. London: Ward, Lock, & Co., 1902.
First edition. Octavo (7 3/16 x 4 7/8 in; 184 x 123 mm). 224 pp. Eleven black and white illustrations by Arthur Rackham, of which four are full-page. Also a frontispiece and ten black & white illustrations by 'RIP'.
Publisher's tan cloth ruled in black. Front cover pictorially stamped in green, white and tan and lettered in white. Spine pictorially stamped in white and tan and lettered in gilt. Black coated endpapers. Spine very slightly darkened and with split along rear joint, but still sound. Blind stamp of W.H. Smith, London on front free end-paper, ink inscription dated 1904 on verso. A near fine copy of a spectacularly rare Arthur Rackham title.
A collection of short stories with a cricket setting…
The companion volume to Tales of the Stumps, which was not illustrated by Rackham.
The illustrations by Arthur Rackham are:
Page 29. "'Boy,' said he, 'wheel me to the refreshment tent.'" (full page illustration).
Page 32. Vignette tailpiece.
Page 59. "'Who are you?' faltered Davie." (full page illustration).
Page 65. "The pace was terrible." (one-third page illustration).
Page 67. "A fierce struggle followed." (quarter page illustration).
Page 73. "'Tim Twister,' thundered Bails, 'you're a blackleg.'" (half page illustration).
Page 113. "She flattened out her palm suggestively." (three-quarter page illustration).
Page 123. "'Thank 'ee, my dear,' he cried. ' Do it again.'" (full page illustration).
Page 126. "The first ball hit the batsman on the shin." (one-third page illustration).
Page 133. "'Let me loose,' roared Notchy." (full page illustration).
Page 138. "'Take it away,' he yelled." (one-third page illustration).
Cartoonist 'RIP' aka Rowland Hill (1873-1925). Born in Halifax in 1873 and worked at Halifax before studying at Bradford School of Art and at the Herkomer School, Bushey. Travelled on the continenet and settled in Hinderwell, Yorks, 1908. (Simon Houfe. The Dictionary of British Book Illustrators and Caricaturists 1800-1914, p.434).
Riall p.47; Latimore and Haskell p. 18; Hudson p. 175; Gettings p.175; Hamilton 188.