The Arthur Rackham Collection was acquired in 1955 from the collector Dr. Arthur C. Hill of Sherbrooke, Quebec. Additional items have been added since and the collection now comprises some 200 monographs with illustrations by Rackham, numerous issues of the early magazines to which he contributed illustrations and some ephemera. It is representative of the artwork that Rackham produced throughout his career with examples of most of the different media in which he worked as a book illustrator. Many of the works appear in first editions, but later and augmented editions are also represented. The collection includes many of the early travel guides and popular novels illustrated by Rackham before he became famous. The Rackham Collection complements the Children's Books Collection.
Description: See the unpublished study by Lisa Rasmussen "Catalogue of Books Illustrated by Arthur Rackham housed in the Rare Books and Special Collections, McLennan Library, McGill University". [Montreal: n.d. (but 1991)]. It is available for consultation in Rare Books.