Rackham's Fairies, Elves and Goblins: More than 80 Full-Color Illustrations


Through his extraordinarily drawn interpretations of favorite fairy tales and fantastic literature, Arthur Rackham (1867–1939) remains an enduring legend of the Victorian era's Golden Age of Illustration. Rackham took the printing developments of the early twentieth century further than any other artist of his time, masterfully manipulating the latest color processes. At once a technical and artistic genius, Rackham had few equals when it came to the use of muted color, ...
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Through his extraordinarily drawn interpretations of favorite fairy tales and fantastic literature, Arthur Rackham (1867–1939) remains an enduring legend of the Victorian era's Golden Age of Illustration. Rackham took the printing developments of the early twentieth century further than any other artist of his time, masterfully manipulating the latest color processes. At once a technical and artistic genius, Rackham had few equals when it came to the use of muted color, ambience, and expressive lines.
This magnificent collection displays more than eighty of Arthur Rackham's most beguiling illustrations. These phantasmagoric renderings spring from such literary legends as Rip Van Winkle, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Aesop's Fables, Puck of Pook's Hill, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, and A Wonder Book. From the loveliest fairy to the most grotesque goblin, Rackham's art captures the wonder, innocence, and adventure that forever stir the human heart.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486460239
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 12/26/2007
  • Series: Dover Fine Art, History of Art Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 627,023
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Rackham's Fairies, Elves & Goblins

More than 80 Full-Color Illustrations

By Jeff A. Menges

Dover Publications, Inc.

Copyright © 2008 Dover Publications, Inc.
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-486-13346-1



FRONTISPIECE By dimpled Brook, and Fountain brim, / The Wood-Nymphs, deckt with Daisies trim, / Their merry wakes and pastimes keep From COMUS, 1921.


RIP VAN WINKLE by Washington Irving

[William Heinemann, Ltd., London; Doubleday, Page & Co., 1905]

1. "These fairy mountains" (left)

2. "These fairy mountains" (right)

3. "A curtain-lecture is worth all the sermons in the world for teaching the virtues of patience and long-suffering."

4. "There was one who seemed to be the commander."

5. "They quaffed their liquor in profound silence."

6. "The sleep of Rip Van Winkle."

7. "The Kaatskill mountains had always been haunted by strange beings."

8. "The Kaatsberg or Catskill mountains have always been a region of fable."

9. "The Indians considered them the abode of spirits."

10. "They were ruled by an old squaw who hung up the new moons in the skies and cut up the old ones into stars."

11. "If displeased, she would brew up clouds as black as ink, sitting in the midst of them like a bottle-bellied spider in the midst of its web: and when these clouds broke, woe betide the valleys!"

PUCK OF POOK'S HILL by Rudyard Kipling

[Doubleday, Page & Co., 1906]

12 In the very spot where Dan had stood as Puck they saw a small, brown, broad- shouldered, pointy-eared person with a snub nose, slanting blue eyes, and a grin that ran right across his freckled face.

13 "Go!" she says, "Go with my Leave an' Goodwill."


[William Heinemann, Ltd., London; Doubleday, Page & Co., 1907]

14 The Pool of Tears

15 Why, Mary Ann, what are you doing here?


[J. M. Dent & Co., London; Doubleday, Page & Co., 1907]

16 If Orpheus first produced the Waltz

17 They's such very odd heads and such very odd tales

A MIDSUMMER-NIGHT'S DREAM by William Shakespeare

[William Heinemann, Ltd., London; Doubleday, Page & Co., 1908]

18 ... the moon, like to a silver bow New-bent in heaven

19 And now they never meet in grove or green, By fountain clear, or spangled starlight sheen But they do square

20 Fairies, away! We shall chide downright, if I longer stay

A MIDSUMMER-NIGHT'S DREAM by William Shakespeare (continued)

21 Come, now a roundel

22 Some war with rere-mice for their leathern wings

23 To make my small elves coats

24 One aloof stand sentinel

25 I will sing, that they shall hear I am not afraid

26 Enter Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Moth, and Mustardseed

27 ... and her fairy sent To bear him to my bower in fairy land

TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE by Charles and Mary Lamb

[J. M. Dent & Co., London; E. P. Dutton & Co., New York, 1907]

28 When Caliban was lazy and neglected his work, Ariel would come silly and pinch him

29 Where is Pease-Blossom?

UNDINE by Friedrich Heinrich Karl de la Motte Fouqué

[William Heinemann, Ltd., London; Doubleday, Page & Co., 1909]

30 He held up the gold piece, crying at each leap of his, "False gold! false coin! false coin!"

31 He could see Undine beneath the crystal vault


[Hodder & Stoughton, London; Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1912]

32 Old Mr. Salford was a crab-apple of an old gentleman who wandered all day in the gardens.

33 When he heard Peter's voice he popped in alarm behind a tulip.

34 These tricky fairies sometimes change the board on a ball night.

35 When her Majesty wants to know the time.

36 Peter Pan is the fairies' orchestra.

37 A chrysanthemum heard her, and said pointedly, "Hoity-toity, what is this?"

38 Fairies never say, "We feel happy"; what they say is, "We feel dancey."

39 Building the house for Maimie.


[William Heinemann, Ltd., London; Doubleday, Page & Co., 1912]

40 The fir-tree and the Bramble

41 The Travellers and the Plane-tree

42 The trees and the axe


[William Heinemann, Ltd., London; The Century Co., New York, 1913]

43 Elves

44 Seekers for Treasure

45 The Little People's Market

46 Wee Folk

47 Malice

48 The Dragon of the Hesperides

49 Puss in Boots

50 The Green Dragon

51 The Sea Serpent

52 The Wizard

53 Elfin Revellers

54 Jack Frost

55 Mother Goose

56 Shades of Evening

57 The Leviathan


[William Heinemann, Ltd., London and New York, 1913]

58 "Hey! Diddle, diddle, the cat and the fiddle!"

59 "The Man in the Wilderness"

ENGLISH FAIRY TALES by Flora Annie Steele

[Macmillan Company, London and New York, 1918]

60 The giant Galligantua and the wicked old magician transform the duke's daughter into a white hind.

61 And that is the story of Mr. and Mrs. Vinegar.

62 "Well!" she chuckled, "I am in luck!"

SOME BRITISH BALLADS by Francis James Child (et al)

[Constable & Co., 1918]

63 O waken, waken, Burd Isbel

64 The Twa Corbies

65 May Colvin

66 Earl Mar's Daughter

COMUS by John Milton

[William Heinemann, Ltd., London; Doubleday, Page & Co., 1921]

67 And they, so perfect in their misery, Not once perceive their foul disfigurement, But boast themselves more comely than before.

68 They come in making a riotous and unruly noise.

69 Calling shapes, and beckoning shadows dire.

70 Blew meager Hag, or stubborn unlaid ghost That breaks his magick chains at curfeu time

71 No goblin, or swart faery of the mine, Hath hurtfull power o're true virginity.

72 The wonted roar was up amidst the Woods, And fill'd the Air with barbarous dissonance

73 The Water Nymphs, that in the bottom plaid, Held up their pearled wrists and took her in.

74 By all the Nymphs that nightly dance Upon thy streams with wily glance

75 Iris there, with humid bow.

A WONDER BOOK by Nathaniel Hawthorne

[Hodder & Stoughton, London; George H. Doran Co., 1922]

76 Both Nightmare and Shakejoint put out their hands groping eagerly to snatch the eye out of the hand of Scarecrow

77 Frost

78 The Old Man of the Sea

79 They needed but little change, for they were already a scaly set of rascals.

80 "I am old Philemon!" murmured the oak. "I am old Baucis!" murmured the linden-tree.


Excerpted from Rackham's Fairies, Elves & Goblins by Jeff A. Menges. Copyright © 2008 Dover Publications, Inc.. Excerpted by permission of Dover Publications, Inc..
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Table of Contents

Frontispiece, from Comus, 1921
Dedication Page, from Comus, 1921
Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving (11 plates)
Puck of Pook's Hill by Rudyard Kipling (2 plates)
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (2 plates)
The Ingoldsby Legends: or Mirth and Marvels by Thomas Ingoldsby (2 plates)
A Midsummer-Night's Dream by William Shakespeare (10 plates)
Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb (2 plates)
Undine by Friedrich Heinrich Karl de la Motte Fouque (2 plates)
Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens by J. M. Barrie (8 plates)
Aesop's Fables (3 plates)
Arthur Rackham's Book of Pictures (15 plates)
Mother Goose: The Old Nursery Rhymes (2 plates)
English Fairy Tales by Flora Annie Steele (3 plates)
Some British Ballads by Francis James Child (et al) (4 plates)
Comus by John Milton (9 plates)
A Wonder Book by Nathaniel Hawthorne (5 plates)
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