WHERE THE BLUE BEGINS: Rackham, Arthur, Illus.] Morley Christopher WHERE THE BLUE BEGINS: Rackham, Arthur, Illus.] Morley Christopher WHERE THE BLUE BEGINS: Rackham, Arthur, Illus.] Morley Christopher

WHERE THE BLUE BEGINS

Rackham, Arthur, Illus.] Morley Christopher

Published by London and New York William Heinemann LTD and Doubleday, Page & Co. (1922) [1925], 1925
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LIMITED DE LUXE EDITION OF ONLY 100 NUMBERED COPIES SIGNED BY BOTH ARTHUR RACKHAM AND CHRISTOPHER MORLEY. This limited edition is also printed on significantly larger paper then the trade issue. With 4 fine colour plates, decorated titlepage and 16 line drawings by Arthur Rackham. 4to, original mottled paper-covered boards with yellow and white label on the upper cover lettered and pictorially decorated in black, backed in gilt ruled black cloth with smaller but otherwise identical paper label, with Rackham illustrated endpapers printed in blue not found on the trade issue. x, 227 pp. Internally a fine, brilliant and spotless copy, the binding very handsome, solid and essentially fine but for some light, unobtrusive rubbing along the edges of the mottled paper primarily caused by shelving. SCARCE DE LUXE EDITION, THE FIRST OF THE TWO LIMITED EDITIONS OF THIS TITLE AND THIS, THE SMALLER OF THE PRINT RUNS SIGNED BY BOTH THE AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR. The limitation to only 100 copies makes this one of the rarest works in the Rackham oeuvre. It is also one of only a very few titles signed by both Rackham and the story's author. In 1925 a second limited edition was issued, that edition was not signed by Morley and was printed in a significantly larger number. A wonderfully imaginative tale from Christopher Morley. Rackham’s colour illustrations are quite unusual and marry perfectly to this splendid story. A highly unusual story in which Mr. Gissing, a gentledog of leisure contentedly residing in Canine Estates with Fuji, his butler (a Japanese pug), on an income of 1,000 bones a year, becomes dissatisfied and leaves home to search for where the blue begins (a purpose to life). "Morley admirably creates a canine world through names alone. There are Mike Terrier, the curate Mr. J. Rover Poodle, the upper-class and working-class neighbors Mrs. Airedale and Mrs. Collie, the nursemaid Mrs. Spaniel and little Shaggy, her puppy, Gissing’s adopted puppies Groups, Bunks, and Yelpers, haughty Mr. and Mrs. Chow and their "intolerably spotless" little Sandy, the landlady Mrs. Purps, the salesclerk Miss Whippet, the matronly Mrs. Mastiff, the compulsive shopper Mrs. Dachshund, the parishioners Mr. Dobermann-Pinscher, Mrs. Griffon, and Mrs. Retriever. There are the place names like Dalmatian Heights and the little shrine of St. Spitz. These are intermixed with humanless real locales like Paris and Atlantic City, Murray Hill and Fifth Avenue and Broadway and Wall Street, Delmonico’s Restaurant and Trinity Church, and real historical personages like the Grimm brothers, Hans Christian Andersen, and Masefield; to make this our real world only inhabited by dogs, rather than some imaginary planet of dogs." - Fred Patten. Bookseller Inventory # 27228

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Title: WHERE THE BLUE BEGINS

Publisher: London and New York William Heinemann LTD and Doubleday, Page & Co. (1922) [1925]

Publication Date: 1925

Binding: Hardcover

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