Illustration Illustrated with 12 coloured plates with titled tissue-guards and 38 line drawings by Arthur Rackham.
Seller ID 001538
Peer Gynt is first and foremost a poetic fantasy, although based on a real person who lived Norway c1800. About his exploits, not much more is known than is found in Asbjornsen's book Norwegian Fairy Tales, in which Peer Gynt's chief exploits lie in the direction of fighting trolls.
Arthur Rackham is widely regarded as one of the leading illustrators from the 'Golden Age' of British book illustration which encompassed the years from 1900 until the start of the First World War. During that period, there was a strong market for high quality, illustrated books that typically were given as Christmas gifts.
Publisher's gilt-pictorial burnt-orange cloth covered boards with stamped gilt titles and emblem on front with gilt spine titles; brown and white illustrated endpapers.
Bindings square and firm. Text clean and bright. Light shelf wear a touch of rub corners and lower spine tip. Scarce pictorial dust jacket, price-clipped, minor edgewear, slightly shorter than volume. Protected in Mylar sleeve.