Rip Van Winkle - Washington Irving, Arthur Rackham (illustrator) 1910 - William Heinemann, London - Early Impression (6th) Whoever has made a voyage up the Hudson must remember the Kaatskill Mountains...’

A beautiful rendition of ‘Rip Van Winkle’ in which the story is first told in words, and then retold again through the imaginative fantasy land of Arthur Rackham’s 51 colour plates.

The plates are on green card, 50 have descriptive tissue guard, and the extra plate, an extension of the illustration ‘
These fairy mountains’ is shown on the verso of sheet three at the rear.
  Arthur Rackham (1867-1939), English illustrator and water-colourist. One of the foremost and most productive of the Edwardian illustrators, with a preference for illustrating books of a mystical, magic or legendary background. Aided by advances in colour printing at the beginning of the 20th century, his imaginative eye saw all forms with the eyes of childhood and created a world that was half reassuring and half frightening, whilst adding a delightfully humorous flourish to many of his illustrations, although he can descend into darker depths as seen for Wagner and Edgar Allen Poe.

References: Houfe,
Dictionary of British Book Illustrators and Caricaturists 424.

Quarto (book size 25.6x19.3cm), pp. xii 62 [2] 49 green card sheets with tipped in colour plate and lettered tissue guards (verso of 3rd sheet has additional illustration, without tissue guard) 3rd sheet with two illustrations) [1 blank sheet]
  Condition: Very good, rubbing to cloth, gilt bright, foxing to half-title as commonly encountered, and edges of first few pages.   Ref: 108560   Price: HK$ 2,000