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The Pied Piper of Hamelin - Limited Edition Signed by Arthur Rackham

by Browning, Robert

Condition: Fair

London, Bombay, Sydney: George G. Harrap & Company, Limited, 1934. Beautifully signed by Arthur Rackham and hand-numbered at limitation page: "This Edition limited to Four Hundred and Ten Copies of which Four Hundred are for sale. This Copy is 133. Arthur Rackham". Bound in fine white thin vellum (leather), gilt embossed cover titles, generally very clean with light wear; also includes individually numbered slipcase with title plate at edge. Approximately three inches in length varying by about 1/8" to 1/2" of edge at lower spine and slipcase appear to have been gnawed somewhat by a dogged canine. Monochromatic greenish-brown endpaper pictorial spread featuring scene of whimsical mouse w/candle and spoon. Deckled leaves also generally very good, clean, bright, w/slight evidence of exterior wear to lower gutter. Bright gilded top edge. Bind good. Features four superior and richly subtle color plates by Arthur Rackham and fourteen black & white images, one double-page, with decoration, headers, tailpieces throughout. Robert Browning's famous verse of the medieval legend of the Pied Piper is renowned for its humor and vivid wordplay. When the selfish townspeople of Hamelin refuse to pay the piper for spiriting away the hordes of rats that plagued them, he exacts his revenge by luring away their greatest treasure, the children of the town. Printed in Great Britain by R & R Clark, Limited, Edinburgh. 45 pages. Insured post.. Signed by Artist. First Edition. Hardcover. Fair. Illus. by Rackham, Arthur. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" Tall. Book.

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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