Dienstag, 11. August 2015

The Ingoldsby Legends by Thomas Ingoldsby illustrated by Arthur Rackham, 1st part

The Ingoldsby Legends is a collection of myths, legends, ghost stories and poetry written supposedly by Thomas Ingoldsby of Tappington Manor, actually a pen-name of an English clergyman named Richard Harris Barham. The legends were first printed during 1837 as a regular series in the magazine Bentley's Miscellany and later in New Monthly Magazine. The legends were illustrated by John Leech and George Cruikshank. They proved immensely popular and were compiled into books published in 1840, 1842 and 1847 by Richard Bentley.
The stories were revived in 1898 with illustrations by Arthur Rackham. However, the joint publishers JM Dent and Co of London and EP Dutton and Co of New York desired "to present the Ingoldsby Legends in something like an 'Edition Definitive De Luxe'" and so commissioned Arthur Rackham to re-do the original illustrations and add more for this 'new enlarged format' edition. This De Luxe edition contains 24 stunning 'tipped-in' color plates, 12 tinted plates and more than 60 monotone images, it is the ultimate Rackham... a pure delight.
The first published edition of 1898 was last reprinted 1949.

 Titlepage (De Luxe 1907)
Arthur Rackham wrote to this edition:
In 1898 Messrs. Dent and Co. first published the " Ingoldsby Legends," with about one hundred illustrations of mine. This book has met with a very satisfactory reception, but the publishers have felt with me that, with the addition of some new drawings, a careful overhauling would make it worthy of publication in a more important form, in which greater prominence could be given to the illustrations by better and larger reproductions, including a greater number of illustrations in
colour. To this end the following has been done : The frontispiece and the coloured illustration facing page 508 have been specially drawn, and all the other illustrations in colour have been worked on to a considerable extent, and specially coloured for this edition. A few illustrations in the earlier edition have been omitted, and in their place have been added those facing page 254 and on pages vi, 25, 37, 316, 320 and 333. Many of the pen drawings have been reconsidered and worked on again—those which have been worked on to any great extent being now signed with both dates, 1898 and 1907. Of the rest, reproductions on a larger scale have been made in all but a few cases, and the text has been revised and entirely reset for this edition.
Hampstead, 1907.
We show here the pictures of  the 1907 De Luxe edition and, as far as they are different, the pictures of 1898 edition reprinted in 1930.

Titlepage 1898, 1930

Around, and around, and around they go (1907)

The Spectre of Tappington

The fair Caroline
 Whipped his long bony legs into them in a twinkling

Came close behind him, ans with the flat side of the spade ...

1898, 1930

Hand in hand the murderers stand
By one, by two, by three! (1907)

There's an old woman dwells upon tappington Moor (1907)

To Tappington mill-dam (1907)

1898, 1930

Patty Morgan the Milkmaid's Story
"Look at the Clock"

The identical face of his poor defunct Wife!


1898, 1930

Grey Dolphin
A Legend of Sheppey 

 He meditated a mighty draft

"Emmanuel Saddleton, truss up your points, and follow me!"

 One kick! - It was but one! - but such a one.(1907)

1898, 1930

Then there was a pretty to-do, heads flew one way - arms and legs another.

1898, 1930

1898, 1930


The Ghost

 His wife would often try the density of his poor skull

If  Orpheus first produced the waltz.

1898, 1930

Beckon'd the Cobbler with its wan right hand

"A Babby"
18989, 1930
A cow may yet be sometimes seen galloping like mad.
1907, the picture of 1898 edition shows the cow without any background. 

Never was man more swiftly disrobed

The little man had seated himself in the centre of the
circle upon the large skull

1898, 1930

The Coachman thinks he is driving Old Nick

A man sitting there with his head on his knees!
1898, 1930

The Witches' Frolic

And there gossips sitting there,
By one, by two, by three

Now tread we are a measure
1898, 1930

They can't find the ring

That little jackdaw hops off with the ring

Heedless of Grammar they all cried, "That 's him!"

A Lay of  St Dunstan

 If any one lied, - or any one lied


 1898, 1930

Peter, the lay-brother, sallow and stare,
peep'd through the key-whole, and - what saw he there?

1898, 1930

A flood of brown-stout he was up to his knees in


 Limb from limp, they dismember'd him.

And the maids cried "Good gracious, how very tenacious !"

1898, 1930

The Lay of  St Odille

These stiles sadly bothered Odille

1898, 1930

What, indeed, could she do ?

1898, 1930

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