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Fine Dickens Christmas Carol Illustrated by Rackham

A Christmas Carol. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham.

London: William Heinemann, 1915.

Price: $6,500.00

About the item

Rackham, Arthur. First edition, Deluxe Issue, one of 525 copies signed by Rackham. 12 full page mounted illustrations in color and 20 drawings in black and white by Arthur Rackham. 4to. Fine Dickens Christmas Carol Illustrated by Rackham. Original full gilt-decorated vellum, t.e.g. Silk ties renewed. Housed in custom vellum backed box with chemise. Latimore and Haskell p. 44; Riall, p. 124; Hudson p. 106.

Item #366058

Notes Hudson: "[Rackham] is not usually remembered as an illustrator of Dickens, but A Christmas Carol was decidedly successful, for he contrived to adapt the tradition of 'Phiz' and Cruikshank to his own characteristic style in the pictures of Victorian London and at the same time found scope for his fantasy in the ghost scenes. We also find him here developing his special talent for silhouette, rare among illustrators...He was well qualified by sympathy to interpret Dickens in certain of his moods."