London: William Heinemann, 1905. First Thus. A Fine copy of the book, vellum a trifle yellowed, but remarkably, retaining the original acetate dust jacket and original silk ties. One of a handful of unnumbered copies marked for presentation and signed by the author.
"Arthur Rackham's illustrations for Rip Van Winkle were the first major works of his career as a book illustrator, and they established Rackham as the leading decorative illustrator of the Edwardian period. These were also the first of many of his works to be displayed at the Leicester Galleries in London, an opportunity which both allowed Rackham to make extra money from the sale of his prints, and also establish illustration as a notable work of art in its own right rather than a mere adornment of a literary masterpiece" (Hudson). Fine in Fine dust jacket. (Item #4439)