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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; Dover Ed edition (27 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486446859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486446851
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 21 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 365,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Chloe on 1 April 2009
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After studying Rackham (among others) for my art GCSE I've reamined fascinated with his work. I bought this book on a whim really, but am really glad I did, the pictures are of a really good quality and size. The only slight drawback is the lack of background information apart from the short piece at the beginning - however this is more than made up for by the pieces of artwork themselves. Great little book, highly recommended.
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I was introduced to Arthur Rackham's magical illustrations as a child via the old St. Nicholas children's magazines, and his pictures have lost none of their magic in the ensuing years. His pen-and-ink drawings are complemented by a muted palette of colors that transform the pages into insubstantial doors into an enchanted world populated by slender butterfly-winged fairies, multitudes of elves and gnomes, and twisted anthropomorphic trees that capture a child's imagination, without being threatening. And yet the sharp angular faces of the children in his drawings suggest a subtle mischievous humor that prevents Rackham's illustrations from ever sinking into sentimentality.

Rackham's pen covered a wide range of subjects, from Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream" and "The Tempest" by way of Kenneth Grahame's "Wind in the Willows", Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland," and classical fairy tales, to Wagner's "Ring of the Niebelungen."

We are so lucky to have these beautifully reproduced Dover illustrations in a single book. They should be introduced to one's grandchildren so that their imaginations may also take flight with the enchanting creatures of Arthur Rackham's world.
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This is a very nice little book. It contains some of the not quite so well known illustrations too which I liked. It's so cheap that it's good to buy 2 copies. One to keep and browse, and the prints are of a reasonable size so that you could cut out your favourites to frame up. Well worth the money.
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Being an admirer of Arthur Rackham and having many books he has illustrated I looked forward to receiving this 'treasury.' Frankly, I was disappointed, finding many of the plates rather poorly reproduced, dark and 'muddy.' It could be that the source material was also such, but the book is not one I would recommend.
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i was so exciting when i got this book, but found that the pictures were of poor quality. An art book NEEDS good quality pictures or photos of the artists work to do them justice.
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Potentially fabulous book, but let down by poor quality reproductions - page after page of unsharp muddy sepia> I have a book of Edmund Dulac from the same publisher, and it's just as bad.
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