Limited first edition: 133 pages of text, colour frontispiece, and 49 colour plates tipped in on dark green paper, all with captioned tissue guards. Although the list of illustrations denote where they should be bound in the text they are all bound together after the text with a subtitle - Illustrations, full vellum binding titled gilt on the upper cover and spine, bookplate and crest on the front paste down end paper, the pages of text have an uncut fore – edge, top edge gilt, the silk ties are loose at the back of the book, a very good copy.
Limitations page reads: This edition is limited to three hundred and fifty copies numbered and signed by the artist of which this is no 178.
Edmund Dulac (born Edmond Dulac; 22 October 1882 - 25 May 1953) was a French British naturalised magazine illustrator, book illustrator and stamp designer. Born in Toulouse he studied law but later turned to the study of art at the École des Beaux-Arts. He moved to London early in the 20th century and in 1905 received his first commission to illustrate the novels of the Brontë Sisters.
He became a regular contributor to The Pall Mall Magazine, and joined the London Sketch Club, which introduced him to the foremost book and magazine illustrators of the day. Through these he began an association with the Leicester Galleries and Hodder & Stoughton; the gallery commissioned illustrations from Dulac which they sold in an annual exhibition, while publishing rights to the paintings were taken up by Hodder & Stoughton for reproduction in illustrated gift books, publishing one book a year.
Books produced under this arrangement by Dulac include Stories from The Arabian Nights (1907) with 50 colour images; an edition of William Shakespeare's The Tempest (1908) with 40 colour illustrations; The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (1909) with 20 colour images; The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales (1910); Stories from Hans Christian Andersen (1911); The Bells and Other Poems by Edgar Allan Poe (1912) with 28 colour images and many monotone illustrations; and Princess Badoura (1913).
- Overall Condition: A Very Good Copy
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