Rackham, Arthur / Christina Rossetti. Goblin Market (1933). Signed limited edition in vellum.
Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) and Christina Rossetti (1830-1894). Goblin Market. London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., 1933. First thus. Original limp vellum, title to front cover in gilt, top edge gilt, others untrimmed, pictorial endpapers. Four color plates, 19 black and white drawings. Housed in publisher's original slipcase, lightly worn.
Copy number 237 of 410 copies signed by the illustrator.
A beautiful little production of this much-loved narrative poem. Two siblings, Laura and Lizzie, sample a forbidden fruit and fall under the spell of a host of goblins. They are saved by the power of sisterly love. The poem has alternately been interpreted as a children's fantasy and an allegory of the loss of sexual innocence. Rackham's darkly beguiling illustrations emphasize the latter.
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