Rackham’s »Betty Barber«, bound in elegant full morocco, 1910
Arthur RACKHAM; Maggie BROWNE: THE BOOK OF BETTY BARBER. With 18 full-paged illustrations after drawings by Arthur Rackham, whereof 6 plates coloured. London: s.a. .
Arthur RACKHAM (Illustr.); Maggie BROWNE: THE BOOK OF BETTY BARBER. With 18 full-paged cliché illustrations after pen and ink drawings by Arthur Rackham, whereof 6 plates coloured by Harry Rountree. London: Duckworth (Ballantyne) s.a. .
Pott 4to (21,5:16,5). [7 nn. leaves (2nd front paper, 1st title, frontispiece, title, colophon, tob, list of colour plates, list of illustrations)] 129 , [2 (printer’s remark)] pages, [1 nn. leaf (2nd end paper). Letterpress, cliché, coloured cliché. Fully grained ruby red morocco with a large colour pictorial paper label mounted on the front board, gilt fillet tooling on boards as well as gilt ornamental spine title and gilt top edge.
First edition in book form of this story originally published in the Little Folks magazine in 1900, this copy with an elegant private morocco binding.
Illustration: Originally drawn by Rackham with pen and ink in magazine form for the Children’s magazine »Little Folks«, 6 of the illustrations have been brilliantly coloured by the prolific illustrator Henry Rountree and printed on plates of glossy paper for this edition.
Binding: Our copy is bound in an elegant skilfully made private morocco binding incorporating the same label for decorating the front cover like mounted on the original publisher’s brown cloth binding.
Condition: Very well preserved indeed.
Rarity: ABPC quotes no auction results for private or artist’s bindings of this title since 1973.