London: Constable & Co. Ltd., 1917. First trade edition. Quarto. Original green cloth, titles and decoration to front board and spine in gilt, pictorial endpapers, top edge green, others untrimmed. Spine gently rolled, cloth browned and a little soiled, slight wear to spine ends and tips, tips bumped, foxing to prelims and endmatter, occasionally to contents, offsetting from original page marker to p. 107, small loss to fore edge of pp. 119-20, not affecting illustration, small puncture and closed tear to rear free endpaper with consequent abrasion to rear pastedown; a very good copy.
First trade edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the illustrator to his brother- and sister-in-law, with an original ink drawing (similar to the headpiece at p. 49) to the half-title, "To May and William, with best wishes, from Edyth & Arthur Rackham. Xmas 1917". William Joseph Myles Starkie (1860-1920), a Greek scholar and last Resident Commissioner of National Education for Ireland, was Edyth's older brother, and married May in 1893. Arthur Rackham married Edyth Starkie, a portrait painter and sculptor, in 1903. Very Good (Item #2347)