Irish Fairy Tales. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. James Stephens.

Irish Fairy Tales. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham.

1920. London: Macmillan, 1920.

4to, 318 pp. With 15 color plates with tissue guards, and numerous black & white illustrations in the text. Original green cloth decorated in gilt with Celtic designs, corners slightly turned, backstrip a little dull, pages clean, endpapers free from marks or inscriptions, a very good copy.

§ First trade edition. "Rackham's two great books of the twenties were James Stephens' Irish Fairy Tales of 1920 and Shakespeare's Tempest of 1926... Beyond the softness of style and inventiveness, the most striking thing about the colour plates for Irish Fairy Tales is the felicitous and appropriate use of celtic borders" (Gettings, p. 143). The fairy tales in this book include The Story of Tuan mac Cairill, The Boyhood of Fionn, The Birth of Bran Oisin's Mother, The Wooing of Becfola, The Little Brawl at Allen, The Carl of the Drab Coat, The Enchanted Cave of Cesh Corran, Becuma of the White Skin, and Mongan's Frenzy. Item #11567

Price: $500.00

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