London / New York: J. M. Dent / E. P. Dutton, 1909. Revised edition. Hardcover. xv, 291 pp, 12 tipped-in color plates by Arthur Rackham; octavo, pale blue cloth with gilt title and ornaments, tip edge gilt. A well read copy with moderate rubbing and faint stains to covers, child's ownership note to front fixed endpaper (Johns Hopkins Janney) and signature to back of half-title page, free endpapers darkened, short tear to frontispiece tissue guard. Item #23392
Dent published another Rackham-illustrated edition of this title in 1900 in their "Temple Classics for Young People" series. That edition had 1 color plate and 11 monochrome plates and the book was in a smaller format. NB: Previous owner John Hopkins Janny (1913-1945) was a Commander on the USS Indianapolis when it was torpedoed in 1945 by a Japanese submarine. The ship sank in only 12 minutes and of the nearly 1200 crew members only 316 survived. Those rescued endured 4 days in the open ocean, most without life boats. The Indianapolis disaster remains the Navy's worst loss of life from a single ship in its history. Commander Janney was not among the survivors. RIP.