The Ingoldsby Legends, or Mirth & Marvels - Thomas Ingoldsby, Arthur Rackham (illustrator) 1930 - J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London The immensely popular 19th century collection of myths, legends, and ghost stories, purportedly written by Thomas Ingoldsby of Tappington Manor, but actually composed by English clergyman R.H. Barham.

Best remembered for their quaint narratives and their comic and grotesque treatment of medieval tales, this edition wonderfully illustrated by Arthur Rackham with 12 full page colour plates, along with numerous black and white full page and in-text illustrations.
  Thomas Ingoldsby was the nom de plume of Richard Harris Barham (1788-1845), an English priest of the Church of England, a novelist, and a humourous poet. He also served as a cardinal at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Provenance: from the library of K. Watson, formerly of Crofton Park, London, with her prize bookplate dated 1937 to front pastedown.

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. The first publication of Rackham’s
Ingoldsby was in 1898.

References: House,
Dictionary of British Book Illustrators and Caricaturists 424. Drabble, The Oxford Companion to English Literature 66.

Octavo, pp. [2] xxiii [1] 638 [2]. Publisher’s olive green cloth decorated and lettered in black to cover, in gilt to spine, illustrated endpapers.
  Condition: Very good, rubbing at spine ends and corners, some scattered white marks to lower spine and rear board, a few faint spots to fore edge, 1 cm closed tear to upper edge of page 415.   Ref: 107572   Price: HK$ 900