London / Philadelphia: William Heinemann / Lippincott, 1920. First Impression. Pictorial Boards. First Trade Edition (with "Heinemann" at bottom of both spine and jacket's spine panel). Royal 8vo (249 x 180mm): 110pp, with full-page color plate ("Briar Rose") mounted on leaf with black pictorial border facing p. 9, four double-page silhouette drawings printed in black, pink, and green (including frontispiece and title page)2, four double- and seven single-page silhouette drawings in black, and forty-one drawings in the text. Publisher's rose cloth-backed cream pictorial boards stamped in rose, pink, and black; top edge stained rose-red, plain end papers; dusky red dust jacket with black silhouette, priced 7/6 net on spine panel. About Fine (light toning to half title and final blanks; small, neat manuscript ex libris dated 1933 to fly leaf), tightly bound and clean throughout; Near Fine or better jacket (mellowing of color to spine panel). Latimore & Haskell, pp. 51-52. Riall, pp. 141-42. Fine- / Near Fine+. Item #BB2582
An edition of 625 copies signed by Rackham was published the same year. C. S. Evans wrote this version of The Sleeping Beauty as a companion volume to Heinemann's Cinderella, also illustrated by Arthur Rackham. The story first appeared in English in 1729, when Robert Samber translated Charles Perrault’s fairy tale La Belle au bois dormant. Evans expanded Perrault’s story but followed the later version recorded by the Brothers Grimm in giving his heroine the name of Briar-Rose and ending with her awakening and betrothal, omitting the wicked mother-in-law who orders her grandchildren to be cooked for supper. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).