First (and rare) edition. Published by George C. Harrap, London in 1933. Good paperback copy with the original decorated paper wraps, which are somewhat edge-torn. There is a minor loss around the top end of the spine cover. Remains quite well-preserved overall. Beautifully illustrated by Arthur Rackham throughout, including the colour frontispiece reproduced by four colour process. Black and white text illustrations, as well as four full-page illustrations.


Goblin Market was originally written in 1859 and published in 1862 as a narrative poem by Christina Rossetti. Goblin Market is a work with a particularly curious history - it has features of remarkably sexual imagery - yet Rossetti often stated that the poem was intended for children, and indeed, wrote many other nursery tales. It essentially revolves around two close sisters; Laura and Lizzie, as well as the goblins to whom the title refers.


This edition of Goblin Market is accompanied by a series of dazzling colour illustrations by Arthur Rackham (1867-1939). One of the most celebrated painters of the British Golden Age of Illustration, Rackham's artistry is quite simply, unparalleled. Throughout his career, he developed a unique style, combining haunting humour with dream-like romance. Presented alongside the text, his illustrations further refine and elucidate Rossetti's masterful poetry.

Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti

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