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The Allies' Fairy Book by  Edmund  Arthur; GOSSE - Hardcover - Signed - from David Brass Rare Books, Inc. and Biblio.com

The Allies' Fairy Book

by RACKHAM, Arthur; GOSSE, Edmund

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London and Philadelphia: William Heinemann and J.B. Lippincott Co., 1916. The Deluxe Edition "How Beautiful I Think Your Illustrations" [RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. The Allies' Fairy Book. With an introduction by Edmund Gosse C.B. and illustrations by Arthur Rackham. London: William Heinemann, [n.d., 1916]. Edition DeLuxe Limited to 525 numbered copies signed by the artist, this being No. 173. Quarto (9 11/16 x 7 3/8 inches; 246 x 187 mm.). xxii, 121, [1], [4, blank] pp. Twelve color plates mounted on heavy brown paper, with descriptive tissue guards printed in red, and twenty-four drawings in black and white. Pp. 67/68 with small marginal paper fault, otherwise fine. Publisher's blue buckram, front cover and spine pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt, decorative end-papers, top edge gilt, others uncut. A near fine copy. Housed in a fleece-lined, blue cloth slipcase. "His book for 1916, The Allies' Fairy Book, published by Heinemann as a contribution to the mood of patriotism and cooperation between the Allies, is likewise composed of images that thrill and inspire, but do not terrify. Where in Grimm, Rackham happily includes illustrations of people battering each other to death or hanging by the hair and caught in brambles alive or half dead, this kind of image is not dwelt upon in The Allies' Fairy Book... even though some of the stories are as red in tooth and claw as any of their type and certainly would have allowed a violent interpretation. Reports coming back from the Front, eye-witness accounts of devastation, violation and butchery, were quite enough to suggest to Rackham and his publishers that at this time the Allies could be spared violent images with their family reading at home." (Hamilton, Arthur Rackham. p. 109). "When The Allies' Fairy Book was published, [Edmund] Gosse wrote to Rackham (6th November 1916): 'Will you think me impertinent if I tell you how beautiful I think your illustrations... their variety, and ingenuity, and the delicacy of your fancy, and the romantic ardour of your mind, were never so humble a degree - in a work so charming'" (Hudson, p. 104). The tales, from their nation of origin, include: English: Jack the Giant-Killer Scottish: The Battle of the Birds Welsh: Lludd and Llevelys Irish: Guleesh French: The Sleeping Beauty Italian: Cesarino and The Dragon Portuguese: What Came of Picking Flowers Japanese: The Adventures of Little Peachling, The Fox's Wedding and The Tongue-cut Sparrow Russian: Frost Serbian: The Golden Apple-tree and The Nine Pea Hens Belgium: The Last Adventure of Thyl Ulenspiegel Latimore and Haskell, pp. 45-46. Riall, p. 128.


  • Bookseller: David Brass Rare Books, Inc. US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 03935
  • Title: The Allies' Fairy Book
  • Author: RACKHAM, Arthur; GOSSE, Edmund
  • Book condition: Used
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: London and Philadelphia: William Heinemann and J.B. Lippincott Co., 1916
  • Keywords: GOSSE, Edmund


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