VERY RARE LIMITED EDITION, SIGNED COPY OF UNDINE;
ADAPTED FROM THE GERMAN BY W.L. COURTNEY. Text by F.H. DE LA MOTTE FOUQUE.
ILLUSTRATED BY ARTHUR RACKHAM.
This rare book is the first edition, published in London, and is of a small edition of only 1,000 signed and numbered copies. It was published by William Heinemann, London in 1909.
It is in nice condition with a hardback ivory vellum cover with gold illustration on the front (the gilding on the front cover slightly rubbed).
It contains 15 tipped-in colour illustrations (mounted on brown paper) complete with tissue guards with legends, and also has numerous vignette text illustrations.
Sadly the original silk ties are now missing but these are very easily replaced.
This is copy No. 333 of 1000. 136 pages.
Undines or Ondines often appear in European folklore as fairy-like creatures or water spirits. They are said to be able to only gain a soul by marrying a man and bearing his child. This aspect has made them a popular motif in romantic and tragic literature.
GOOD CLEAN COPY. Probably for the more specialist collector - a lovely book offered at a very fair price.
More photographs can, of course, be provided for seriously interested customers.