EVANS, C. S. [PERRAULT, Charles (Original French Tale)] Cinderella. Retold by C.S. Evans and Illustrated by SIGNED by Arthur Rackham.
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London: William Heinemann. Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott, 1919. First edition thus. Quarto. pp. 110, . Deckled leaves. Quarter cream coarse linen on green pictorial paper boards, with design of Cinderella on stool with broom. Deep green front and back endpapers with white silhouette spread of dancing ball attendees. Edition de Luxe with an additional colour-plate, limited to 850 copies, number and signed by Arthur Rackham of which 525 (500 for sale) are printed on English Handmade paper, and 325 (300 for sale) on Japanese Vellum. No. 322. Moderate shelf wear, some corners peeping. A very good copy.
Deep green front and back endpapers with white silhouette spread of dancing ball attendees. Beautiful
handmade deckled leaves, very good, clean; few with enigmatic shadowing of illustrations from
adjacent, preceding or verso. Smooth cut at top edge. Tipped-in frontispiece with tissue guard present.
Bind fine; hinges intact. Stylish vintage signature front blank endpaper: “Brenda and Stella Wickham.”
Includes a beige matte wrapper with clipping of original green illustration mounted at center with
original titles and Cinderella on stool with broom. Rare near very good signed example of this limited
edition. Illustrated throughout by Arthur Rackham in a unique silhouette style; features black and white
and several silhouettes decorated in red, gold, and black. Includes one additional full-page illustration
of Cinderella standing before giant orange pumpkin that would become the carriage. Several full-page
spreads over two pages. From the great Golden Age of Illustration in children’s literature comes this
tale of Cinderella. One of the most famous and beloved of all the folk tale classics is adapted here by C.
S. Evans in collaboration with Rackham to create one of the most wonderful editions of any fairy tale.
Rackham creates a fantasy world of crisp silhouette images to depict step-sisters, footmen, nobles, and
other characters from the fable of an orphan girl’s transformation into a princess. Arthur Rackham
(1867-1939) was one of the premier illustrators of the twentieth century. Throughout his career, he
developed a very individual style that was to influence a whole generation of children and artists. His
haunting humour and dream-like romance enhance the enchantment of Cinderella. “It is immediately
clear that Rackham is a master of the medium (silhouette), being able to evoke character and humourby 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.” - Latimore & Haskell Printed at The Complete Press, West
Norwood, London. 110 pages. Insured post. Size: 4to - over 9¾” - 12” tall. Signed by Artist
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