Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Limited Edition Illustrated By Arthur Rackham)

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Limited Edition Illustrated By Arthur Rackham)

Carroll, Lewis with a Poem By Austin Dobson; Arthur Rackham [Illustrator]

William Heinemann / Doubleday, Page & Co., 1907.

Limited, 1st ed. No. 463 of 1130 illustrated by Arthur Rackham. xi, [1], 161, [1] pages, [13] leaves of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm. Bound in publisher's cream cloth. Spine moderately browned.   Hardcover in slip case. Good binding and cover. Scattered foxing. 13 tipped-in color plates, 15  black-and-white line drawings.  Latimore & Haskell, p. 28.  Avery 18.   Riall, p. 77. "A number of elements made Rackham's visual interpretation a turning point in the history of both the Carroll classic and the art of illustration. First and foremost was his distinctive aesthetic at the intersection of the sentimental and the grotesque — sensitive and dark at the same time.... Another point of significance in Rackham's edition was the often neglected but powerful way in which the evolution of technology and the evolution of art fuel one another. Previously, illustrators handed their work over to engravers, who translated the drawings into rough lines cut onto wood or metal plates, which were then inked and pressed onto the page in the printing process. But Rackham, aware that his delicate and expressive lines would be lost in translation, began photographing his drawings and having them mechanically reproduced. This removed the engravers as middlemen, but also increased production cost since illustrated pages now had to be printed on glazed paper and inserted into the regularly printed book.  This shift introduced a third major element of innovation at the intersection of culture and commerce, changing the economics of illustration and pioneering a new way for artists to make a living. To subsidize the higher cost of preserving the integrity of his artwork in print, Rackham partnered with the publisher William Heinnemann and they came up with a profitable model — each book was issued in a small limited-edition run of signed, beautifully bound, expensive copies, and a large run of affordable mass-market copies." - Maria Popova, Brain Pickings, 2016.

(I would normally be slightly abashed about taking so much verbatum from a web source, but Popova's prose is exceptional and cuts to the heart of why Rackham's book and this specific printing is significant.  I urge anyone to go to google Brain Pickings and see more of Popova's work.  She has a beautiful mind and her work is a pleasure to read. Support her online, if you can. - CRS)

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