London: George G. Harrap, 1933. First edition. Number 340 of 460 copies signed by the author. A Fine copy of the book, retaining its original glassine dust jacket and publisher's cardboard slipcase.
Drawing together a wide array of fairy stories, the Fairy Book gave illustrator Arthur Rackham an opportunity to showcase his talents in depicting ethereal creatures as well as natural spaces. The lurking darkness in many of the images have always suggested that his book was meant for adults as much as it was for children. "Rackham's influence on the art world during his life and in the decades after his death is difficult to measure. But many creatives have acknowledged their debt to his unique interpretation of the world, and his creatures both graceful and grotesque. Recently Guillermo del Toro cited Rackham as a direct influence on his 2006 film Pan's Labyrinth" (BBC). Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #4438)