Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp
MACKENZIE, Thomas; RANSOME, Arthur
Price: 950.00 USD
New York: Brentano's, 1920, First US Trade Edition of Thomas Mackenzie's "Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp" [MACKENZIE, Thomas, illustrator]. RANSOME, Arthur. Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp. In Rhyme by Arthur Ransome. Illustrated by Mackenzie. New York: Brentano's, [n.d., 1920]. First US trade edition. Quarto (9 15/16 x 7 1/2 inches; 253 x 190 mm.).  pp. Twelve color plates mounted on heavy black stock, with descriptive tissue guards, and numerous designs in black and white in the text. Original light brown buckram pictorially stamped and lettered in red and blue on front cover and spine. Pictorial endpapers in black and white. Small booksellers label on rear paste-down. Heavy black stock for plate VI has neat repair, not affecting the image. Red lettering on spine a little rubbed, otherwise a fine copy. "Born in Bradford, Yorkshire, Mackenzie [1887-1944] studied at the Bradford College of Art and then at the Slade. When he finished his studies, he was commissioned by the publisher James Nisbet to illustrate in watercolour an edition of Arthur and His Knights . Most of his illustrative work shows the influence of Beardsley, Harry Clarke and colour plate illustrators like Kay Nielsen. The Crock of Gold , for example, is illustrated with twelve colour plates and black and white decorative headings and tailpieces. He was also an etcher and engraver and contributed to the Sketch and other journals" (Alan Horne, The Dictionary of 20th Century British Book Illustrators, p. 305).