Aesop’s Fables – Illustrated By Arthur Rackham
Containing the best of Aesop’s Fables, this text presents a variety of entertaining stories with thought-provoking morals – alongside Rackham’s beautifully imaginative and humourous illustrations. Aesop was a slave and storyteller believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 560 BCE. Of diverse origins, the stories associated with Aesop’s name have descended to modern times through a number of sources – and continue to be reinterpreted in both literary and artistic mediums.
Aesop’s Fables are accompanied by a series of dazzling illustrations by Arthur Rackham (1867-1939). One of the most celebrated painters of the British Golden Age of Illustration (which encompassed the years from 1850 until the start of the First World War), 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 Aesop’s masterful storytelling.