London: George G. Harrap & Co., Ltd., 1928. First trade edition. Quarto (9 13/16 x 7 1/2 inches; 250 x 191 mm.). Collating 102, , [1, blank]. Publisher's green cloth pictorially stamped in gilt on front cover and lettered in gilt on spine. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Pictorial endpapers. Eight color plates and thirty drawings in black and white. A Near Fine copy in the original color pictorial dust jacket with just a few small edge chips.
By 1928, the traditional Rackham book - freely and lavishly illustrated, and lushly produced - was, culturally no longer in fashion nor financially feasible. Artistically, Rackham's work was being overshadowed by a younger generation. Publisher George Harrap stepped in, took up the challenge, and, through production economies, published a new kind of Rackham book. But if the volumes were not as spectacular as in the past, the artwork was no less impressive.
Latimore and Haskell 63-64. Riall 164-165. (Item #3734)