London. Limited to 410 copies signed by the illustrator, of which this is 331. Fine book bound in original vellum with gilt to spine and front board. Pictorial endpapers. Housed in a Near Fine slipcase with original paper label to top panel and retaining the original glassine jacket in exceptionally nice condition with trivial nicking to top edges.
Among Christina Rossetti's most influential works, here combined with the dark and seductive illustrations of Rackham. "Set in a fairy world and exploring themes of temptation, sacrifice, and salvation, Goblin Market tells the story of a fraught encounter between two sisters, Laura and Lizzie, and evil goblin merchants. While Laura exchanges a lock of her golden hair for the chance to taste the goblins' enchanted 'fruit forbidden'...and the goblins violently attack Lizzie, smearing their fruits 'against her mouth' in an attempt to force her to eat" (BL). Ultimately, it is the sisters' reliance and trust on each other that restores them to goodness. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #4138)