The Ring of the Niblung – The Rhinegold & the Valkyrie [and] Siegfried and the Twilight of the Gods. - Richard Wagner, Arthur Rackham (illustrator) 1910 - William Heinemann, London - Edition de luxes, each one limited to 1, 150 copies signed by Rackham A magnificent set of the large deluxe vellum editions.

Wagner’s ‘Trilogy, with a Prelude’, his libretti for
The Ring of Niblung cycle, stunningly illustrated by Arthur Rackham, featuring sixty-four beautiful tipped-in colour plates each with descriptive tissue guards, and twenty-three black and white drawings across two volumes.

Translated from the German into English by Margaret Armour.
  The Rhinegold and the Valkyrie number 573 of 1150 limited, signed copies.
Siegfried and the Twilight of the Gods number 22 of 1150 limited, signed copies.

Wagner’s operas are loosely based on characters from the Norse sagas, and the German poem the
Nibelungenlied, the plot revolving around a magic ring that grants the power to rule the world.

Provenance: From the library of H.C. Drayton, with his bookplate to the front pastedown of
The Rhinegold and the Valkyrie

Arthur Rackham (1867-1939), English illustrator and water-colourist. One of the foremost and most productive of the Edwardian illustrators, with a preference for illustrating books of a mystical, magic or legendary background. Aided by advances in colour printing at the beginning of the 20th century, his imaginative eye saw all forms with the eyes of childhood and created a world that was half reassuring and half frightening, whilst adding a delightfully humorous flourish to many of his illustrations, although he can descend into darker depths as seen for Wagner and Edgar Allen Poe.

References: House,
Dictionary of British Book Illustrators and Caricaturists 424. Latimore and Haskell, 37-38. Riall,103,109.
Quarto pp. [2] ix [1] 160; [2] ix [1] 182 [2].
  Bound in publisher’s full vellum, boards decoratively stamped in gilt, lettering to front boards and spines in gilt, silk ties, top edges gilt, others uncut.   Condition: Both volumes very good, bindings rubbed, foxing and offsetting to endpapers, Rhinegold binding slightly loose, front silk tie almost detached but laid in, small bookseller sticker to rear pastedown, Siegfried hinges cracked, minor soiling, housed in a very good later cloth slipcase, moderate wear to extremities.   Ref: 106583   Price: HK$ 42,000