Mother Goose the Old Nursery Rhymes.
RACKHAM Arthur (1913.)
£2500.00 [First Edition]
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Coloured frontispiece and twelve coloured plates with tissue guards, black and white illustrations in the text, First edition, limited to eleven hundred and thirty copies, signed by the illustrator, large 4to., recently rebound in full green crushed goatskin gilt, Mother Goose pictorially gilt to the upper board, spine with 5 raised bands with single gilt rules and gilt dotted lines, t.e.g., others untrimmed, marbled endpapers, signed by The Chelsea Bindery. Heinemann, London.
One very small dent to the top board, small ink stain to the back board, the limitation leaf a touch foxed, still a fine copy in an excellent modern binding, loosely inserted a printed flyer for an exhibition at the Leicester Galleries in 1913 which included the original watercolours for this edition, for which Rackham himself chose which of the rhymes to print. The origins of Mother Goose and her Nursery Rhymes are still debated, many crediting Charles Perrault with their first use. The English publisher John Newbery is credited with their first appearance in English, although no copy exists. Among the many and varied illustrated editions of these Rhymes, few have so entered the public consciousness as well as Rackham's.
Stock Code: 225772