Rackham's Fairies, Elves and Goblins: More than 80 Full-Color Illustrations
Through his extraordinarily drawn interpretations of favorite fairy tales and fantastic literature, Arthur Rackham (1867�1939) remains an enduring legend of the Victorian era's Golden Age of Illustration. Rackham took the printing developments of the early twentieth century further than any other artist of his time, masterfully manipulating the latest color processes. At once a technical and artistic genius, Rackham had few equals when it came to the use of muted color, ambience, and expressive lines.
This magnificent collection displays more than eighty of Arthur Rackham's most beguiling illustrations. These phantasmagoric renderings spring from such literary legends as Rip Van Winkle, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Aesop's Fables, Puck of Pook's Hill, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, and A Wonder Book. From the loveliest fairy to the most grotesque goblin, Rackham's art captures the wonder, innocence, and adventure that forever stir the human heart.
By dimpled Brook, and Fountain brim, The Wood-Nymphs, deckt with Daisies trim, Their merry wakes and pastimes keep. [FRONTISPIECE] Comus, 1921 Planet Friendly Publishing Made in the United States Printed on Recycled Paper Text: 10% Cover: 10% Learn more: www.greenedition.org At Dover Publications we’re committed to producing books in an earth-friendly manner and to helping our customers make greener choices. Manufacturing books in the United States ensures compliance with strict
ancient faces in the trees in Plates 16, 40, 41, and 59. Bare branches become claw-like, and rough bark easily displays features full of life and character. Couple this imagination with his incredibly expressive line, and Rackham’s creatures speak with a unique visual voice, standing out from other illustrations of the period and making his work markedly distinct and easily identifiable. Each of the artist’s pieces has its own technical merits: unique composition, earthy palate, and liquid line
London; Doubleday, Page & Co., 1907] 14 The Pool of Tears 15 Why, Mary Ann, what are you doing here? THE INGOLDSBY LEGENDS: OR MIRTH AND MARVELS by Thomas Ingoldsby [J. M. Dent & Co., London; Doubleday, Page & Co., 1907] 16 If Orpheus first produced the Waltz 17 They’s such very odd heads and such very odd tales A MIDSUMMER-NIGHT’S DREAM by William Shakespeare [William Heinemann, Ltd., London; Doubleday, Page & Co., 1908] 18 ... the moon, like to a silver bow New-bent in heaven 19 And now
him to my bower in fairy land TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE by Charles and Mary Lamb [J. M. Dent & Co., London; E. P. Dutton & Co., New York, 1907] 28 When Caliban was lazy and neglected his work, Ariel would come silly and pinch him 29 Where is Pease-Blossom? UNDINE by Friedrich Heinrich Karl de la Motte Fouqué [William Heinemann, Ltd., London; Doubleday, Page & Co., 1909] 30 He held up the gold piece, crying at each leap of his, “False gold! false coin! false coin!” 31 He could see Undine beneath
o’re true virginity. The wonted roar was up amidst the Woods, And fili’d the Air with barbarous dissonance. The Water Nymphs, that in the bottom plaid, Held up their pearled wrists and took her in. By all the Nymphs that nightly dance Upon thy streams with wily glance Iris there, with humid bow. Both Nightmare and Shakejoint put out their hands groping eagerly to snatch the eye out of the hand of Scarecrow Frost The Old Man of the Sea They needed but little change, for they were