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"Aesop's Fables" (1912)

 

Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

 

 

The collection of Aesop's classic tales interpreted by Rackham were selected and introduced by G K Chesterton. As may be expected, Rackham's

illustrations are masterful and a fitting complement to the text, which presents the morality tales with a touch of softness that is accessible to young

readers.

 

The tales are drawn from those from Antiquity - created sometime between 620 and 560 BC by Aesop, a freedman, who had come to the court of

Croesus, King of Lydia in Asia Minor. Aesop had been a slave on the island of Iadmon and had gained some fame as a narrator of tales about

animals. Aesop gained favour with Croesus and was eventually retained as a representative for the Lydian Court in various Greek capitals. At

Corinth he warned against mob rule in a fable later used by Socrates - in Athens, Socrates used the fable "The Frogs Desiring a King" to exemplify

leaving well enough alone.

 

More than 2 millennia later, the essence and body of Aesop's fables are still alive and enjoyed and pondered over in many languages around

the world.

 

Rackham's suite of illustrations for the First Edition of "Aesop's Fables" (1912) included 13 tipped-in colour plates and more than 50 monotone

illustrations. Presented for the 1912 Christmas season, "Aesop's Fables" carrying the Rackham's images saw a return to the commercial sales

records similar to those that he had enjoyed with "Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens".

 

 

Cover for ''Aesop's Fables'' (1912), as illustrated by Arthur Rackham

On the left, we show a rare First Edition example of "Aesop's Fables" (1912) that

retains the original gold-stamped green cloth cover - the binding used by both

William Heinemann (London) and Doubleday, Page & Co. (New York).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To the right, we show the Title Page

prepared by Arthur Rackham.

 

Title Page for ''Aesop's Fables'' (1912), as illustrated by Arthur Rackham

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Our Greeting Cards and Fine Art Posters showing Arthur Rackham's

artwork for the First Edition of "Aesop's Fables" (1912)

 

 

Greeting Card sample showing an Arthur Rackham illustrations from ''Aesop's Fables'' (1912)

 

 

For connoisseurs of Rackham's work, we have prepared sets of 13 Greeting Cards (approximately 7x5" on premium acid-free card stock)

displaying each of his colour images for "Aesop's Fables" and on the left, we show an example of how these Greeting Cards appear.

 

 

 

 

 

Code: AR AF CS(13)
Price: US$65.00

   

When presented on Greeting Cards, these images are prepared as tipped-on plates - in 'hommage' to the hand-crafted approach

typical of prestige illustrated publications produced in the early decades of the 20th Century. Each card is hand-finished and the

images are presented on Ivory card stock with an accompanying envelope. The rear of each card carries information about

Arthur Rackham, this wonderful suite and the profiled illustration - we have left the interior of the cards blank so that you may write

your own personal message.

 

Should you wish to order a reproduction print of one or more of these images, we have provided some options below. Each of our

Fine Art Posters is prepared with archival quality papers and inks - and also accompanied by information about Arthur Rackham,

this suite and the profiled illustration.

 

To purchase, simply click on the appropriate "Add to Cart" button and you will be taken through to our Shopping Cart secured through

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Of course, should you wish to discuss some customised options, we welcome your contact on any matter through

ThePeople@SpiritoftheAges.com.

 

In the meantime, enjoy perusing these wonderful images from Arthur Rackham.

Fine Art Poster sample showing an Arthur Rackham illustrations from ''Aesop's Fables'' (1912)

 

An example of one of our Fine Art Posters

in a superb 12x18" format

     

 

The colour illustrations by Arthur Rackham for

the First Edition of "Aesop's Fables" (1912)

 

 

Arthur Rackham - 'The Hare and the Tortoise' from ''Aesop's Fables'' (1912) Arthur Rackham - 'The Moon and her Mother' from ''Aesop's Fables'' (1912) Arthur Rackham - 'The Fir Tree and the Bramble' from ''Aesop's Fables'' (1912) Arthur Rackham - 'The Crab and his Mother' from ''Aesop's Fables'' (1912)  

The Hare and the Tortoise

 

 

The Moon and her Mother

The Fir Tree and the Bramble

The Crab and his Mother

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR AF 1 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR AF 2 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR AF 3 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR AF 4 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

 
Arthur Rackham - 'The Quack Frog from ''Aesop's Fables'' (1912) Arthur Rackham - 'The Shipwrecked Man and the Sea' from ''Aesop's Fables'' (1912) Arthur Rackham - 'The Blackamoor' from ''Aesop's Fables'' (1912)

Arthur Rackham - 'The Two Pots' from ''Aesop's Fables'' (1912)

 

The Quack Frog

 

 

The Shipwrecked Man and the Sea

The Blackamoor

The Two Pots

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR AF 5 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR AF 6 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR AF 7 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR AF 8 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

 
Arthur Rackham - 'Venus and the Cat' from ''Aesop's Fables'' (1912) Arthur Rackham - 'The Travellers and the Plane-Tree' from ''Aesop's Fables'' (1912) Arthur Rackham - 'The Trees and the Axe' from ''Aesop's Fables'' (1912) Arthur Rackham - 'The Lion, Jupiter and the Elephant' from ''Aesop's Fables'' (1912)  

Venus and the Cat

 

 

The Travellers and the Plane-Tree The Trees and the Axe The Lion, Jupiter and the Elephant

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR AF 9 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR AF 10 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR AF 11 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR AF 12 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

 
Arthur Rackham - 'The Gnat and the Lion' from ''Aesop's Fables'' (1912)        
The Gnat and the Lion

 

 

       

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR AF 13 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

       
                       

 

 

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