- Full Description
This issue features the art of Harry Rountree on the cover and first 13 pages. Then we have W. Russell Flint, Arthur Rackham, E.A. Abbey, Gustaf Tenggren, Frank Schoonover, Coles Phillips, Frank Brangwyn, André Castaigne, Herbert Railton, Heinrich Kley, J.C. Coll, Walter Everett, Harold H. Betts, Alphonse Mucha, H.T. "Penny" Ross, Keith Henderson, J.C. Leyendecker, and Orson Lowell. The "Inkspsot" features the b&w work of Will Crawford, circa 1899-1908, another Life artist.
The work by Rountree is wonderful to see, and several images are from original artwork. Five images from Andre Castaigne (1861-1929) include work from the 1911 Phantom of the Opera, his most highly collectible book, and from The Carpet from Bagdad (1911) and The Valiants of Virginia (1912). Walter Everett is a relatively obscure illustrator, but his paintings here are certainly anything but--here are three magnificient historical pieces.Two pages of E.A. Abbey feature work from "The Knights of King Arthur's Round Table" and "Quest of the Holy Grail," the work I still consider to be his finest. Frank Schoonover's scene from World War one is featured on a double-page centerfold.
More than 80 illustrations, 60 in full color, all beautifully printed on high quality glossy stock.
The artwork here is chosen for its obscurity, coming from sources never previously collected. And for its content, based on Jim's choice of interesting, well-drawn images from his vast collection, one of the finest in existence. Fantasy is just one theme, knights and fairies and beautiful women all appear here, but you also will find gorgeous drawings and paintings of everything in between. Mythology, history, anthropomorphic animals, humor, erotica. Additionally, Jim worked very hard after scanning each image to make it the best one possible, correcting reproduction flaws and other shortcomings that might have happened in the original printing. So with no alteration, no enhancement, each image is nonetheless improved and most often better reproduced than it was first.
In addition, more so with later issues, some images are direct from the original artwork, such as most of the special issue #11. Jim also writes about many of the contributors, putting the images into persepective. full biographies of many of the artists (101 of them) are available on Jim's website, www.bpib.com.
- Additional Information
Item Code IMA03 Publisher Vadeboncoeur Publish Date 2002 Print Status Out of Print Binding Soft Cover Dimensions 9x12 # Pages 32pg Color Partial Color