The Ingoldsby Legends or Mirth and Marvels... Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. Richard Harris Barham.

The Ingoldsby Legends or Mirth and Marvels... Illustrated by Arthur Rackham.

1907. London: J. M. Dent & Co., 1907.

Large 4to, xix, 549 pp. with 24 color plates, 12 other plates and 66 illustrations, the plate at 254 is badly offset from the text as always (in every copy we’ve seen or read about). Full crushed blue morocco extra, covers gilt, backstrip panelled in gilt, gilt edges, backstrip slightly faded, signed by Bayntun Riviere.

§ Edition de luxe limited to 560 numbered copies, signed by Rackham. A reissue of the 1898 edition with more illustrations. The best illustrated edition and a very handsome presentation of Barham's hugely popular tales, first issued serially in 1837. Writing under the pseudonym of Thomas Ingoldsby of Tappington Manor, Barham's collection of myths, ghost stories, and poetry was so influential that for well over a hundred years even fictional characters referred to it warmly (Alan Quatermain and Lord Peter Wimsey among many others). Rackham's illustrations are perfectly suited to the stories, supernatural, whimsical, and comic in turn. Latimore & Haskell p. 30. Riall p. 30. Item #107918

Price: $995.00

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