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"Hawthorne's Wonder Book" (1922)

 

Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

 

 

"Hawthorne's Wonder Book" (1922) was the First Edition of Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic tales illustrated by Arthur Rackham.

 

Tales within the First Edition included: 'The Gorgon's Head'; 'The Golden Touch'; 'The Paradise of Children'; 'The Three Golden Apples';

'The Miraculous Pitcher'; and 'The Chimaera'.

 

Written as tales within a tale, Hawthorne presents the stories as being told to a group of children at Tanglewood, an Estate in Lenox,

Massachusetts (where Hawthorne lived for a period), by Eustace Bright, a Williams College student.

 

In promoting "Hawthorne's Wonder Book" (1922) for the United States market, Doran described the book thus:

 

Hawthorne's classic text illustrated by this most beloved of all children's illustrators. The most

beautiful children's book of the year.

 

Comment in the "Bookseller and Stationer" (Vol. 57: 1922) was consistent with the spruiking of Doran, referring to the title as "one of the

loveliest of children's books". The critique continues, thus:

 

Mr Rackham has caught and interpreted in his inimitably splendid way much of the imaginative

beauty of of the text in his colour plates.

 

 

Cover for ''Hawthorne's Wonder Book'' (1922), illustrated by Arthur Rachkam

On the left, we show a rare First Edition example of "Hawthorne's Wonder Book" (1922) that retains

the original gold-stamped red cloth cover - the binding used by Hodder and Stoughton (London).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To the right, we show the illustrated

Title Page designed by Rackham.

 

Title Page for ''Hawthorne's Wonder Book'' (1922), illustrated by Arthur Rachkam

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As illustrated by Arthur Rackham, the First Edition of "Hawthorne's Wonder Book" (1922) included 16 tipped-in colour plates, a number of two- and three-toned full

page illustrations and many more monotone illustrations. 

 

 

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

artwork for the First Edition of "Hawthorne's Wonder Book" (1922)

 

 

Greeting Card sample showing an Arthur Rackham illustration from ''Hawthorne's Wonder Book'' (1922)

 

 

For connoisseurs of Rackham's work, we have prepared sets of 16 Greeting Cards (approximately 7x5" on premium acid-free card stock)

displaying each of his colour images for "Hawthorne's Wonder Book" and on the left, we show an example of how these Greeting Cards

appear.

 

 

 

 

Code: AR HWB CS(16)
Price: US$80.00

 

   

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.

 

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PayPal. Multiple purchases will be consolidated by that feature and shipping and handling costs to any destination in the world are

accommodated by our flat-rate fee of US$20 for every US$200 worth of purchases.

 

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 illustration from ''Hawthorne's Wonder Book'' (1922)

 

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 "Hawthorne's Wonder Book" (1922)

 

 

Arthur Rackham - 'Pandora and Epimetheus' from ''Hawthorne's Wonder Book'' (1922) Arthur Rackham - 'Danae clasped her child closely to her bosom' from ''Hawthorne's Wonder Book'' (1922) Arthur Rackham - 'As Perseus walked along the people pointed after him' from ''Hawthorne's Wonder Book'' (1922) Arthur Rackham - 'It struck Midas as rather inconvenient' from ''Hawthorne's Wonder Book'' (1922)  

Pandora and Epimetheus

(Frontispiece)

DanaŽ clasped her child closely to her bosom

 

 

As Perseus walked along the people

pointed after him

 

 

It struck Midas as rather inconvenient

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

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

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

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

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

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

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

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

 

 

 

 
Arthur Rackham - 'He took great pains in going from bush to bush until every individual flower and bud and even the worms at the heart of some of them were changed gold' from ''Hawthorne's Wonder Book'' (1922) Arthur Rackham - 'Little Marygold was a human child no longer, but a golden statue!' from ''Hawthorne's Wonder Book'' (1922) Arthur Rackham - 'There was no danger, nor trouble of any kind and no clothes to be mended, and there was always plenty to eat and drink' from ''Hawthorne's Wonder Book'' (1922)

Arthur Rackham - 'Oh what a good time was that to be alive in' from ''Hawthorne's Wonder Book'' (1922)

 

He took great pains in going from bush to

bush until every individual flower and

bud and even the worms at the heart of

some of them were changed gold

 

 

Little Marygold was a human child

no longer, but a golden statue!

There was no danger, nor trouble of any

kind and no clothes to be mended, and

there was always plenty to eat and drink

 

 

Oh what a good time was

that to be alive in

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

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

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

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

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

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

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

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

 

 

 

 
Arthur Rackham - 'It seemed as if a sudden swarm of winged creatures brushed past her' from ''Hawthorne's Wonder Book'' (1922) Arthur Rackham - 'Some beautiful young women sat twining wreaths of flowers' from ''Hawthorne's Wonder Book'' (1922) Arthur Rackham - 'We do not think it proper to be acquainted with them, because they have sea-green hair, and taper away like fishes' from ''Hawthorne's Wonder Book'' (1922) Arthur Rackham - 'The Old Man of the Sea' from ''Hawthorne's Wonder Book'' (1922)  

It seemed as if a sudden swarm of

winged creatures brushed past her

Some beautiful young women sat

twining wreaths of flowers

We do not think it proper to be

acquainted with them, because they

have sea-green hair, and taper away

like fishes

 

 

The Old Man of the Sea

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

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

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

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

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

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

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

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

 

 

 

 
Arthur Rackham - 'Hercules gave a great shrug of his shoulders. It being now twilight, you might have seen two or three stars tumble out of their place' from ''Hawthorne's Wonder Book'' (1922) Arthur Rackham - 'There need but little change, for they were already a scaly set of rascals' from ''Hawthorne's Wonder Book'' (1922) Arthur Rackham - '''I am old Philemon!'' murmured the oak. ''I am old Baucis!'' murmured the linden-tree' from ''Hawthorne's Wonder Book'' (1922) Arthur Rackham - 'Its three heads spluttering fire at Pegasus and his rider' from ''Hawthorne's Wonder Book'' (1922)  

Hercules gave a great shrug of his

shoulders. It being now twilight, you

might have seen two or three stars

tumble out of their places

 

 

There need but little change, for they

were already a scaly set of rascals

"I am old Philemon!" murmured the oak.

"I am old Baucis!" murmured the linden-tree

Its three heads spluttering fire at Pegasus

and his rider

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

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

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR HWB 14 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR HWB 15 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR HWB 16 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00

 

 

 

 
                       

 

 

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