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"The Springtide of Life" (1918)

 

Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

 

 

Gosse's collection of Swinburne's work was drawn from four volumes of his poetry: the second series of "Poems and Ballads"; "Tristram of

Lyonesse and Other Poems"; "A Century of Roundels"; and "Poems and Ballads".

 

In that Preface, Gosse also made comment on Rackham's involvement in the publication thus:

 

One reason why Swinburne never brought out such a collection was his failure to find an

artist who could interpret to his satisfaction the simplicity and freshness of his verses. We

are fortunate in having secured, in Mr Arthur Rackham, one whose delicate and romantic

fancy is in sensitive harmony with Swinburne's, and who understands, no less than he did,

how "Heaven lies about us in our infancy".

 

Gosse, himself, was an English poet, author and critic who was a friend of Swinburne and other poets and authors, including Robert Browning,

Thomas Hardy, Henry James and Robert Louis Stevenson.

 

Such was the esteem in which he was held that he was the librarian to the House of Lords for a decade prior to his retirement in 1914.

 

As a friend of Swinburne and one of the most well-regarded literary critics of his age, Gosse was well-suited to introducing the selection of

Swinburne's work and providing comment on Rackham's illustrations.

 

He had been so taken by the illustrations for "The Springtide of Life" (1918) that he wrote to Rackham personally saying:

 

This volume will not merely be the best book of the present art-season, but a joy to all

sensitive people for years and years to come.

 

Cover for ''The Springtide of Life'' (1918), illustrated by Arthur Rackham

On the left, we show a rare copy of Edmund Gosse's collection of Swinburne's

poetry - "The Springtide of Life" - illustrated by Rackham and published by

William Heinemann (London) in 1918.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To the right, we show the decorated Title Page

designed by Arthur Rackham.

 

Title Page for ''The Springtide of Life'' (1918), illustrated by Arthur Rackham

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The suite of illustrations prepared by Rackham and published in the "The Springtide of Life" (1918) included 9 colour images and more than 50 monotone illustrations.

 

 

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

artwork for the First Edition of "The Springtide of Life" (1918)

 

 

Greeting Card sample showing an Arthur Rackham from ''The Springtide of Life'' (1918)

 

 

For connoisseurs of Rackham's work, we have prepared sets of 9 Greeting Cards (approximately 7x5" on premium acid-free card stock)

displaying each of his colour images for "The Springtide of Life" and on the left, we show an example of how these Greeting Cards appear.

 

 

 

Code: AR SL CS(9)
Price: US$45.00

 

   

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

Fine Art Poster sample showing an Arthur Rackham illustration from ''The Springtide of Life'' (1918)

 

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 Springtide of Life" (1918)

 

 

Arthur Rackham - 'Pan' from ''The Springtide of Life'' (1918) Arthur Rackham - 'The face and the voice of a child are assurance of heaven and its promise' from ''The Springtide of Life'' (1918) Arthur Rackham - 'Hush! for the holiest thing that lives is here' from ''The Springtide of Life'' (1918) Arthur Rackham - 'Love, laughing, leads the little feet a little way' from ''The Springtide of Life'' (1918)  

Pan

(Frontispiece)

 

 

The face and the voice of a child are

assurance of heaven and its promise

for ever

 

 

Hush! for the holiest thing

that lives is here

 

Love, laughing, leads the little

feet a little way

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

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

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

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

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

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

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

Code: AR SL 4 (12x18)
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Arthur Rackham - 'A Child's Future' from ''The Springtide of Life'' (1918) Arthur Rackham - 'A flower of bliss, beyond all blessing Blest' from ''The Springtide of Life'' (1918) Arthur Rackham - 'Now that May's call musters files of baby hands' from ''The Springtide of Life'' (1918)

Arthur Rackham - 'The path of Spring' from ''The Springtide of Life'' (1918)

 

A Child's Future

A flower of bliss, beyond all

blessing Blest

 

 

Now that May's call musters

files of baby hands

 

The path of Spring

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

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

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

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

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

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

 

 

 

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

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

 

 

 

 
Arthur Rackham - 'Summer's rose-garlanded train' from ''The Springtide of Life'' (1918)        

Summer's rose-garlanded train

 

 

       

Fine Art Poster (12x18'')

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

 

 

 

       
                       

 

 

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