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"The Allies' Fairy Book" (1916)

 

Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

 

 

"The Allies' Fairy Book" (1916) included a selection of traditional fairy tales from the Allied countries participating in World War I, including

'Jack the Giant Killer' (English); 'The Battle of the Birds' (Scottish); 'Lludd and Llevelys' (Welsh); 'Gulesh' (Irish); 'The Sleeping Beauty (French);

'Cesarino and the Dragon' (Italian); 'What came of picking flowers' (Portuguese); 'The Adventures of Little Peachling', 'The Fox's Wedding' and

'The Tongue-Cut Sparrow' (Japanese); 'Frost' (Russian); 'The Golden Apple-Tree and the Nine Peahens' (Serbian); and 'The Last Adventure

of Thyl Ulenspiegel' (Belgian).

 

Comment within the Introduction by Edmund Gosse provides an interesting insight into the contemporary events relevant to the collection thus:

 

In presenting a selection of the fairy-stories of the Allies we make no the slightest pretence of

being logical or historical. We are conscious of all the objections which may be brought against

us by the learned, and we do not seek to rebut them. We are perfectly aware of the fact that

variants of the stories we have chosen can be pointed out in the folk-lore of other nations than

those with whom we have the happiness to be joined in our great national struggle to preserve

the civilization of the world. But we think that the form in which every story we have chosen is

told, although perhaps not the essence o the story itself, is characteristic of each particular

country, and all that wee need say more is that it has amused us to bring together specimens

of the folk-lore of the fighting friends of humanity.

 

We have not forgotten the almost universal distribution of fairy-tales, and the uniformity with

which certain tradition reappears in the legends of one country after another. The "people of

peace" have not politics and are ignorant of the elements of patriotism; at all events they own

no allegiance to the particular States which they inhabit, and we cannot be sure what part they

take in the quarrels and dissensions of mankind. So independent of racial prejudice are those

creatures of the supernatural world that the only law they seem to recognize is the primitive one:

Be kind to those who are kind to you.

 

For "The Allies' Fairy Book" (1916), Rackham produced a suite of 12 colour illustrations and more than 20 monotone drawings.

 

Upon release, Rackham's suite received critical praise in both his home market and the United States of America, including that appearing

in The Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs (Vol 29; 1916):

 

A pretty idea, to choose a fairy tale from the lore of each of the Allies, and bring them together

to show how much is in common. England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales each contribute one,

and Japan three; so here are thirteen fairy-stories, and an introduction (written with all the

renowned grace of Edmund Gosse), which may open the eyes of readers, adult and infant,

to the fascinating significance which modern research finds in the lore of the folk and the

children. Mr Rackham's twelve colour-plates are right Rackham; and Rackham with more

power and wealth in it than this artist's overworked fancy has always been able to exhibit of

late. There are lots of little decorations, too, by the same hand, which are delicious.

 

 

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Cover for the 1916 First Edition of ''The Allies' Fairy Book'' illustrated by Arthur Rackham

On the left, we show a rare copy of "The Allies' Fairy Book" - illustrated by Rackham and co-published by

William Heinemann (London) and J B Lippincott Co (Philadelphia) in 1916. All copes of this First Edition

were printed in Great Britain.

 

This example retains the original decoratively gilt-stamped blue cloth cover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To the right, we show the decorative

Title Page designed by Rackham.

 

 

Title Page for the 1916 First Edition of ''The Allies' Fairy Book'' illustrated by Arthur Rackham          

 

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

for the First Edition of "The Allies' Fairy Book" (1916)

 

 

Greeting Card sample showing an Arthur Rackham illustration from ''The Allies' Fairy Book'' (1916)

Front of Greeting Card

(with envelope)

 

 

For connoisseurs of Rackham's work, we have prepared sets of 12 Greeting Cards (approx. 7x5" on premium

acid-free card stock) displaying each of his colour images for "The Allies' Fairy Book" and on the left and right,

we show an example of how these Greeting Cards appear.

 

 

 

Code: AR AFB CS(12)
Price: US$60.00

 

Greeting Card sample showing the tipped-on information to the rear regarding the profiled illustration, ''The Allies' Fairy Book'' (1916) and Arthur Rackham

Rear of Greeting Card

(with envelope)

 

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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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 ''The Allies' Fairy Book'' (1916)

 

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 "The Allies Fairy Book" (1916)

 

 

Arthur Rackham - 'At the dead time of the night in came the Welsh Giant' from ''The Allies' Fairy Book'' (1916) Arthur Rackham - 'In a twinkling the giant put each garden, and orchard, and castle in the bundle as they were before' from ''The Allies' Fairy Book'' (1916) Arthur Rackham - '''If thou wilt give me this pretty littl one,'' says the king's son, ''I will take thee at thy word''' from ''The Allies' Fairy Book'' (1916) Arthur Rackham - 'And thereupon King Lludd went after him and spoke unto him thus: ''Stop, stop,'' said he' from ''The Allies' Fairy Book'' (1916)  

Jack the Giant Killer

At the dead time of the night in came

the Welsh Giant

 

 

The Battle of the Birds

In a twinkling the giant put each garden,

and orchard, and castle in the bundle as

they were before

 

The Battle of the Birds

"If thou wilt give me this pretty little one,"

says the king's son, "I will take thee at

thy word"

 

 

Lludd and Llevelys

And thereupon King Lludd went after him

and spoke unto him thus: "Stop, stop,"

said he

 
 

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Arthur Rackham - 'No, Guleesh, what good will she be to you when she'll be dumb? It's time for us to go - but you'll remember us, Guleesh!' from ''The Allies' Fairy Book'' (1916) Arthur Rackham - 'The Sleeping Princess' from ''The Allies' Fairy Book'' (1916) Arthur Rackham - 'So valiantly did they grappel with him that they bore him to the ground and slew him' from ''The Allies' Fairy Book'' (1916)

Arthur Rackham - 'The birds show the youn man the white dove's nest' from ''The Allies' Fairy Book'' (1916)

 

Guleesh

No, Guleesh, what good will she be

to you when she'll be dumb? It's time

for us to go - but you'll remember us,

Guleesh!

 

 

The Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Princess

 

Cesarino and the Dragon

So valiantly did they grapple with him that

they bore him to the ground and slew him

 

What came of picking flowers

The birds show the young man the

white dove's nest

 
 

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Arthur Rackham - 'Art thou warm, maiden? Art thou warm, pretty one? Art thou warm, my darling?' from ''The Allies' Fairy Book'' (1916) Arthur Rackham - 'Nine peahens flew towards the tree, and eight of them settled on its branches, but the ninth alighted near him and turned instantly into a beautiful girl' from ''The Allies' Fairy Book'' (1916) Arthur Rackham - 'The dragon flew out and caught the queen on the road and carried her away' from ''The Allies' Fairy Book'' (1916) Arthur Rackham - 'Thyl Ulenspiegel and the Seven' from ''The Allies' Fairy Book'' (1916)  

Frost

Art thou warm, maiden? Art thou warm,

pretty one? Art thou warm, my darling?

 

 

The Golden Apple-Tree and

the Nine Peahens

Nine peahens flew towards the tree, and

eight of them settled on its branches, but

the ninth alighted near him and turned

instantly into a beautiful girl

 

 

The Golden Apple-Tree and

the Nine Peahens

The dragon flew out and caught the

queen on the road and carried her

away

The Last Adventure of

Thyl Ulenspiegel

Thyl Ulenspiegel and the Seven

 

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