In this adaptation of Washington Irving s beloved story, acclaimed painter Thomas Locker takes one of America s favorite legends and weaves in the beauty of the rugged Catskill Mountains. Rip Van Winkle, a poor farmer, is out hunting one day when he comes upon a strange company of men playing ninepins. When Rip samples their brew, he falls into a deep sleep for 20 years, eventually awaking bearded and gray in a vastly changed world. This classic tale is enhanced with the unique artistry of Locker, who has made more than 20 trips to the Catskills to study and paint the magnificent landscape in which the story is set.
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These magnificent illustrations, created for a 1905 edition of Washington Irving's enchanting fairy tale, established Arthur Rackham as a leading illustrator of his time. The illustrations featured traits that soon were to characterize much of Rackham's art: flowing pen lines and muted watercolors, forests of looming trees, lovely fairy maidens, and quizzical troll-like figures. Today these images are recognized as among Rackham's very best works.
This edition features all 51 full-page color plates, as well as the full text of Irving's classic tale. And enduring foundation of Catskill lore, the captivating narrative recounts the fanciful adventures of an amiable ne'er-do-well colonial farmer who wanders into the highlands, falls asleep after drinking with a band of strange little mountain men, and wakes twenty years later in a world that has passed him by.
Effusing a gentle humor, Rackham's art is a constant reminder of a more innocent era. This edition—sure to enchant art lovers—will also delight Rackham devotees and fantasy fans alike.
The wonderful story of Rip Van Winkle, which is today considered a classic in American literature, was written in 1820 by Washington Irving. About one hundred years later, N.C. Wyeth, one of the United States' greatest illustrators, created for Irving's story the marvelous paintings and drawings that appear in this book.
Now come along and meet Rip, his neighbors, and his children?and those mysterious men who play ninepins up in the mountains.
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Book Description Berkley Pub Group, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0425122581
Book Description Berkley/First Publishing, New York, 1990. Softcover. Book Condition: New. Illustrated by Busch, Jeffrey (illustrator). First Edition. Based on an old European folk tale, Rip Van Winkle is Washington Irving's whimsical account of a lazy, easy-going fellow who takes to the woods to escape his nagging wife. To his confusion and the reader's delight, Van Winkle awakes from a slumber of twenty years to find his wife gone and his world much changed. This story displays the grace and wit that made Irving the first American writer to win international acclaim. Jeff Busch's lighthearted illustrations in this graphic novel perfectly embellish this playful story. ; Octavo (standard book size); 45 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 004258
Book Description Berkley Pub Group, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0425122581