London: George Harrap and Co., 1939. First Edition thus. Octavo. Bound in pictorial paper covers, showing the piper compelling the mice to dance, with titles to the front cover. With coloured frontispiece and numerous inset black and white illustrations. Paper covers show very well, bright and vivid, with a small tear to the base of the spine. Internally clean and free from spotting, the illustrations remain sharp, beautiful, and somewhat disturbing. Browning's gleefully dark poem is perfectly captured in Rackham's illustrations, the skinny rag-and-bones piper appearing by turns as both as a needy and dependent outsider and a threatening and sinister revenant. Item #43300
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