London: William Heinemann, 1905. First edition. Collating viii, 57, [1 blank], . Publishers green cloth, pictorially stamped in gilt on front cover and lettered in gilt on spine, plain green endpapers, all edges stained green. Color frontispiece and fifty color plates mounted with lettered tissue guards. Preliminary text leaves foxed, otherwise an excellent copy.
"The 51 illustrations, for a story of not more than five thousand words, enables the story to be told twice, once through Irving's words, and once again, image by image, through Rackham's pictures... In his illustrations, Rackham pays homage not only to Dürer, Cruikshank and Dutch seventeenth-century painting, but to contemporary artists, too" (Hamilton). "But the first work that greatly advanced his fame in the years immediately following his marriage was his edition of Rip Van Winkle… This lovely book decisively established Rackham as the leading decorative illustrator of the Edwardian period" (Hudson).
Latimore and Haskell 26. Riall 69-70. Gettings 176. Hamilton 68. Hudson 57, 167. Hudson 180 (Rackham bookplate). (Item #3731)