Paris: Librairie Hachette, 1919. Item #04596
The First of Arthur Rackham's Two Great Silhouette Books
The French Edition de Luxe
[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. PERRAULT, Charles. Cendrillon. D'Apres Ch. Perrault avec illustrations par Arthur Rackham. Paris: Librairie Hachette, .
French Edition de Luxe. Limited to 500 copies signed by the illustrator, of which this is no. 96. Large quarto (11 1/4 x 8 7/8 inches; 286 x 226 mm.). 110, [2, blank] pp. Mounted color frontispiece with color pictorial border and tissue guard. Three double-page silhouette drawings with color, one single-page silhouette drawing with color (not included in the trade edition), thirteen single-page silhouette drawings without color, and thirty-six silhouette drawings in the text. Title with color pictorial border. Title-page slightly browned from frontispiece tissue-guard. Some very light occasional offsetting from illustrations to text.
Original cream parchment over boards, pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt on front cover and spine. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Pictorial end-papers in green and white. Boards very slightly 'mottled' otherwise a fine copy.
"Rackham gave his talk to on Silhouettes to the Art Workers' Guild in November 1919, the month in which Cinderella, the first of his two great silhouette books, was published. Cinderella and The Sleeping Beauty differed from Rackhams' preceding books in relying almost wholly for their effect on silhouette. It is immediately clear that Rackham is a master of the medium, being able to evoke character and humour by profile and gesture alone, and allowing the two-dimensional effect of his pen work to lead the reader through the book and keep the story going. Silhouette books, even with additional colours had lower production costs than their colour plate equivalents, and so were an attractive option both for publishers and customers in the uncertain post-war market." (James Hamilton. Arthur Rackham, A Biography, p. 188).
Latimore and Haskell, pp. 49-50. Riall, pp. 134-135. Hamilton, p. 189.