Rackham Edition, Finely Bound

A Midsummer-Night's Dream. With illustrations by Arthur Rackham.

London and New York: William Heinemann, and Doubleday, Page & Co, 1908.

Price: $6,000.00

About the item

Rackham, Arthur. Deluxe Edition, no. 747 of 1,000 copies. Signed by Rackham on the limitation page. With 40 mounted color plates and 30 other decorations. 134 pp. 1 vols. Large 8vo (12 x 9-1/2 inches). Rackham Edition, Finely Bound. Red morocco gilt, bound by Lewis & Harris Bookbinders Ltd., Bath, England, with pictorial inlay on the upper cover, silk endpapers, a.e.g. Cloth clamshell case. Hudson, pp. 78 et seq.

Item #323553

"Rackham cast his spell over the play," notes Derek Hudson, "his drawings superseded the work of all his predecessors from Gilbert to Abbey and for fifty years have enriched the imagination … Here he excelled especially in landscape, and in reconciling dream and reality, giving himself to the luxury of rich detail with a rare generosity." A fine copy of an admirable Rackham classic, in a custom binding designed and executed by Chris Lewis, who had been among Bayntun-Riviere's most talented finishers before he started his own bindery with Derek Harris.