1918 Rare First Edition - The Springtide of Life, Poems of Childhood illustrated by Arthur Rackham.
Author: Swinburne, Algernon Charles. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham.
Title: The Springtide of Life: Poems of Childhood by Algernon Charles Swinburne with a Preface by Edmund Goose.
Language: Text in English.
Publisher: London, William Heinemann, no date (1918). FIRST RACKHAM ILLUSTRATED EDITION.
Size: 10 " X 7.5 ".
Pages: ix-132 pages.
Binding: Attractive and fine full dark green morocco leather binding with raised bands and gilt titles to spine, gilt center tool decoration and decorative gilt border to boards, marbled endpapers (hinges fine) under a protective mylar cover. All edges gilt.
Content: Very good, near fine content (bright, tight, and clean - as shown).
Illustrations: Complete with the eight wonderful color plates and captioned tissue guards by Arthur Rackham.
Estimate: (USD 500 - USD 1000)
The book: A beautifully bound first edition of The Springtide of Life: Poems of Childhood by Algernon Charles Swinburne with wonderful illustrations by Arthur Rackham.
The author: Algernon Charles Swinburne (5 April 1837 – 10 April 1909) was an English poet, playwright, novelist, and critic. He wrote several novels and collections of poetry such as Poems and Ballads, and contributed to the famous Eleventh Edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica. Swinburne wrote about many taboo topics, such as lesbianism, cannibalism, sado-masochism, and anti-theism. His poems have many common motifs, such as the ocean, time, and death. Several historical people are featured in his poems, such as Sappho ("Sapphics"), Anactoria ("Anactoria"), and Catullus ("To Catullus").
The illustrator: Arthur Rackham RWS (19 September 1867 – 6 September 1939) was an English book illustrator. He is recognized as one of the leading literary figures during the Golden Age of British book illustration. His work is noted for its robust pen and ink drawings, which were combined with the use of watercolor, a technique he developed due to his background as a journalistic illustrator.
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