A Dish of Apples

London: Hodder & Stoughton, [1921]. Rackham, Arthur. First Trade Edition. Hardcover. Octavo size, 80 pp. Near fine / very good. Item #19012308

Eden Phillpotts (1862-1960) was an English writer and dramatist, known for his writings about Dartmoor (called his "Dartmoor Cycle"), his lyrical and rhythmic use of dialect in his writings, and his passion for conservation in Dartmoor. "A Dish of Apples" is a collection of poems written on the themes of nature and harvest, accompanied by illustrations by English book illustrator Arthur Rackham (1867-1939), an eminent illustrator of many books which often depict fantasy and fairy tale subjects. Rackham contributed illustrations to many popular stories, such as "Cinderella", "Sleeping Beauty", "Alice in Wonderland", and the Brothers Grimm fairy tales; here, his work adds an otherworldly charm to Phillpotts's poems, with three full-colour illustrations tipped in and many black-and-white drawings throughout.

___DESCRIPTION: Full rose grey cloth with brown lettering and illustration of a girl holding a dish of apples on the front cover, brown lettering on the spine, illustrative endpapers in grey and white, frontispiece of a lovely colour illustration by Rackham with tissue guard, black-and-white illustration on the title page, three full-colour illustrations (including frontispiece) tipped in with tissue guards, twenth-three black-and-white illustrations throughout; octavo size (8.5" by 7"), pagination: [1-16] 17-75 [76-80]. In a cream paper dust jacket with black lettering and a blue, black, and white illustration on the front cover, black lettering on the spine (including the original price of 7/6) and rear cover.

___CONDITION: Volume is near fine; with clean boards, straight corners, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; slight bumping to the head and tail of the spine, some age-toning to the recto of the first leaf and the verso of the last leaf (as is usually found); else fine. Dust jacket is very good, not clipped (however, no printing on the flaps) the price being on the spine of the jacket, with minor overall edgewear, a bit more wear to the head and tail of the spine (no loss of text), and the verso of the jacket age-toned; still overall very good.

___CITATION: Latimore & Haskell p. 54, Riall p. 144.

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Price: $200.00