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The Sleeping Beauty Illustrated By Arthur Rackham Evans

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Large 7 1/2" x 10" design. Pictorial boards, red cloth spine wrap with black titles, light shelf wear. Matching design at front, back boards depict the sleeping beauty in repose w/deco patterned borders; unique to this British edition in a hue of red. Pages near fine; light fox at back few pages. Antiquarian inscription at front endpaper: "To Adelaide Barbara, from Aunt Barbara, 1932." Bind good; hinges intact. Printed on English hand-made paper. Rare original pictorial wrapper, moderate shelf wear; protected in new clear sleeve. Brick red wrapper features cover and spine titles with silhouette of Rackham design: "Once Upon A Time" depicting children surrounding storyteller. The Sleeping Beauty translated by C. S. Evans from the original French of Charles Perrault. The spectacular English variant of Arthur Rackham's illustrated 'The Sleeping Beauty'. The Primerose or 'Briar Rose' frontispiece color plate is present which captures the sleeping beauty in her spell. Illustrated throughout by Arthur Rackham in a unique silhouette style; features b&w and several silhouettes decorated in red, slate, and black. Several full-page spreads over two pages. Includes twenty-five full-page silhouettes, nine in color (frontispiece and four double plates) - and sixteen in black (four double illustrations); the rare color mounted frontispiece; silhouette head-and tail-pieces and other silhouettes throughout the text. Near fine example of this rare illustrated edition in original wrapper. Printed in Great Britain by Richard Clay & Sons, Ltd, Bungay, Suffolk. 110 pages. Insured post. From the great Golden Age of Illustration in children's literature comes this tale of The Sleeping Beauty. One of the most famous and beloved of all the folk tale classics is adapted here by C. S. Evans in collaboration with Rackham to create one of the most wonderful editions of any fairy tale. Rackham creates a fantasy world of crisp silhouette images to depict characters from the fable of a girl's transformation into a princess. Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) was one of the premier illustrators of the twentieth century. Throughout his career, he developed a very individual style that was to influence a whole generation of children and artists. His haunting humour and dream-like romance enhance the enchantment of The Sleeping Beauty. "It is immediately clear that Rackham is a master of the medium (silhouette), being able to evoke character and humour by profile and gesture alone, and allowing the two dimensional effect of his pen work to lead the reader through the book and keep the story going." - Latimore & Haskell "Rackham's fanciful imagination gave his illustrations instant recognition, and his dedication to illustration kept him in the public eye for 30 years" (Hodnett, 233). Like his Cinderella (1919), The Sleeping Beauty relied "almost wholly for its effect on silhouette. Rackham was a master of the medium, being able to evoke character and humor by profile and gesture alone, and allowing the two-dimensional effect of his pen work to lead the reader through the book and flow the story along" (Hamilton, 118). Charles Perrault's story as told by C. S. Evans begins with the King and Queen longing for a child. When at last a child is conceived and born, three fairy godmothers bless her at a feast. Fairy godmother Flora bestows upon her the gift of beauty, Fauna gives her the gift of song, and Merryweather begins to give her a gift, but Maleficent arrives and casts a spell that on her sixteenth birthday, the girl will prick her finger on a spindle and die. Merryweather uses her gift so that she instead will fall into sleep, only to be awakened by a kiss from her true love. Her parents send her to stay with the fairies to hide her from Maleficent. She meets Phillip, but does not know he is a prince. She then must return home to the castle as promised, and upon her return Maleficent appears and lures her to prick her finger on a spinning wheel. The fairies then cast
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