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The Pied Piper of Hamelin

by Browning, Robert. illustrated by Arthur Rackham

Condition: Near fine


London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd. , 1934. Limited edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Small octavo bound in creamy vellum, with gilt titles on front board. Top edges gilt Slight wear to edges and corners of covers. Limited edition 236 of 400 copies released for sale of 410 copies made. SIGNED by Rackham on the limitation page. Illustrated endpapers, the front and read "pastedowns" bit wavy as they are attached to the covers at the edges, not pasted entirely on the reverse. 4 plates in color, several other large and small b&w illustrations, including silhouettes at the half title and rear. Original slipcase is fair, with wear at all corners and splitting at top edge with an old bit of tape. Title label still easily legible on spine, and hand numbered "236", noting the limitation and matching the book's limitation. A lovely uncommon copy of this classic fairy tale, with entertaining and fanciful illustrations by Rackham.


Robert Browning (1812-1889) was born in Camberwell, London, the son of a clerk in the Bank of England. The strongest influence on his education were the books in his father's extensive library, particularly the writings of Byron and Shelley. His dramatic poem Paracelsus , published in 1835, established his reputation and brought him the friendship of the actor-manager William Macready. When Macready's eldest son Willie was ill in bed, Browning wrote for the boy's entertainment the poem of The Pied Piper , a story he remembered from his own childhood. After its appearance in print in 1842, it became a children's classic, attracting new illustrators in every generation. In 1846 Robert Browning married a fellow poet, Elizabeth Barrett, eloping with her to Italy where they lived until Elizabeth's death in 1861. He them returned to England to live with his only sister Sarianna, but later he went back to Italy, where he died at the Rezzonico Palace in Venice.




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