Illustrator: Arthur Rackham
[RACKHAM, Arthur]. Mother Goose. The Old Nursery Rhymes. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. NY: The Century Co, 1913. 8vo, xxiv 262pp. Black cloth with spine stamped in gilt and color pictorial label affixed to front. Color plate title, 12 color plates, and numerous b&w illustrations. Spine ends and corners a tad rubbed, two very slight bumps to upper edge of front board, cover label rubbed, cloth slightly scuffed, else a clean, tight copy with all color plates in fine, bright condition.
First US edition. Illustrated by one of the most celebrated painters of the British Golden Age of Illustration, Arthur Rackham, this collection of fairy tales and nursery rhymes ranges from such well-known rhymes as Baa, Baa, Black Sheep, and Jack and Jill to the more obscure. Rackham’s color plates – both dark and humorous – combine with his whimsical line drawings to wonderfully capture the absurdity and morality of these classic verses.