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English Fairy Tales by Flora Annie Steel - Signed First Edition - 1918 - from E C Books and

English Fairy Tales

by Flora Annie Steel

Condition: Very Good/N

London : Macmillan & Co. Ltd, 1918 A very good copy of the special limited edition of English Fairy Tales signed by Arthur Rackham. No 110 of 500 copies. The fairy tales include Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and Jack and the Beanstalk. In full vellum binding with gilt decoration and titles to front board and spine. With 16 tipped-in colour plates and numerous black and white illustrations and designs by Arthur Rackham. Printed on 'Holbein' watermarked paper with plates mounted on paper with a woven texture. Decorative endpapers; top page edges gilt, remainder untrimmed. The binding is in good to very good condition being generally clean with bright gilt to spine and front board. The top corners are both turned. There is slight marking to the front board and spine, and some brown spotting to the top corner and corner edges of the back board. The decorative endpapers are clean without any ownership markings. The contents are complete with Rackham's signature to an initial blank and are in very good clean condition. The tissue guard to the plate at p 72 is creased; the guard at p 210 has a small tear close to the gutter; and the guard at p 282 is spotty. The corner tip to p 141 has been turned at some point, and a few later leaves have lost the very tip of the corner. A brown spot/mark appears to the top side edge at p 277-282 and reappears at p 287 before moving to the corner tip at pp 309-327. There is the very occasional light spot, with obvious spotting to the final leaf and light spotting in the gutter of the rear endpaper. The stitching is visible at p113 but the book is sound. Please enquire if you would like to see further images to assess condition.
  • Bookseller: E C Books GB (GB)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 032711
  • Title: English Fairy Tales
  • Author: Flora Annie Steel
  • Illustrator: Arthur Rackham
  • Format/binding: Full-Leather
  • Book condition: Used - Very Good
  • Jacket condition: N
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: 1st Edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Macmillan & Co. Ltd
  • Place: London
  • Date published: 1918
  • Keywords: english fairy tales; flora annie steel; arthur rackham limited editions; early twentieth century illustrated.
  • Bookseller catalogs: Illustrated; Children's;
  • Size: 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall


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