Deluxe Rackham Midsummer-Night's Dream, with 40 Plates
A Midsummer-Night's Dream. With illustrations by Arthur Rackham.
London and New York: William Heinemann, and Doubleday, Page & Co, 1908.
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 text pp. 1 vols. Large 8vo (12 x 9-1/2 inches). Deluxe Rackham Midsummer-Night's Dream, with 40 Plates. Red morocco gilt, bound by Lewis & Harris Bookbinders Ltd., Bath, England, with pictorial colored inlay on the upper cover, silk endpapers, gilt edges. 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"Rackham cast his spell over the play", notes Derek Hudson, "his drawings superseded the work of all his predecessors from Gilbert to Abbey and for fifty years have enriched the imagination...Here he excelled especially in landscape, and in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 bespoke binding designed and executed by Chris Lewis, among Bayntun-Riviere's most talented finishers in the mid-20th century before starting his own bindery with Derek Harris.
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