London: J.M. Dent & Sons, Ltd., Aldine House, 1930. Rackham, Arthur. Hardcover. Octavo size, 663 pp., in a custom binding by Riviere. Near fine. Item #PTBR004
Richard Harris Barham (1788-1845), a clergyman in the Church of England, was situated in life such that he had a profusion of leisure hours which he filled, at least in part, by collecting legends and myths and re-writing them as the "Ingoldsby Legends", under a pen name.
The stories proved to be immensely popular, and the somewhat grotesque quality of Rackham's figures are perfectly suited to bring them to life. Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) first illustrated "Ingoldsby" in 1898, with a subsequent edition being published in 1907 in a larger format and with additional illustrations. This 1930 reprint by J.M. Dent includes twelve colour plates and multiple black-and-white illustrations, some full-page and many in-text.
___DESCRIPTION: In a full blue leather custom binding by Riviere and Son, London, with their binder's stamp on the verso of the front free endpaper, the spine richly decorated in gilt with images of a witch and demon in five of the six compartments, the sixth with a red leather spine label with gilt lettering and decorative horizontal rules, the board edges and turn-ins decorated with gilt, all edges gilt, blue marbled endpapers, tissue-guarded colour frontispiece one of the twelve included, illustrated title page in red with a wide historiated border in green; octavo size (7.75" by 5.75"), pagination: [i-ii] iii-xxiv,  2-638, [639, printer's device] - note that pagination does not include the twelve colour plates nor the illustrated title page.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, the leather binding smooth and supple, straight corners with a bare minimum of rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; the spine somewhat sunned, a bit of rubbing to the top of the back joint, and offsetting to the free endpapers from the turn-ins, else fine.
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