London: Hatchard & Co., 1939. Dulac, Edmund. First Edition. Hardcover. First trade edition, quarto size, 198 pp. Near Fine / near fine. Item #15042303
Written, as the author sets forth in the Foreword, to address the issue that, "Readers of fairy tales and other romantic fiction will have noticed before this that the Mothers of the heroines are seldom featured. One would imagine that the effort or producing a female child destined to adventure was too much for the average Queen or Princess , since, if she has not already expired before the story opens, she usually manages to pass away before its close - this state of things so depressed us when we were a small child that we made an early resolve to create a young heroine whose Mother should possess, besides beauty and rank, the additional and stupendous virtue of being alive".
Edmund Dulac (1882-1953), who truly needs no introduction, was the only illustrator of his day on a par with Arthur Rackham and was known for his sensational colors, great design impact, orientalism and humor. This book has two color plates only, as the publishers were rushing to print the book at the start of WWII, it being published in the Autumn of 1939; however, Dulac designed the entire format of the volume, including chapter head and tail scroll designs.
___DESCRIPTION: Grey cloth with blind-embossed design of a lyre surrounded by a wreath of laurel and ivy, spine label of navy blue leather with gilt lettering, plain endpapers, two Dulac color plates, unmounted, untitled, facing p. 4 and p. 48; pagination: (i-viii), 1-190, printer's statement. There dust jacket of yellow paper with the original price of 4.00 on the left panel, a vignette on the front in navy blue (mirror of illustration on page 48), the title bordered with stars on both front and spine, all decorations and lettering on front and spine in navy.
___CONDITION: Overall near fine with a solid text block, the spine label is perfect with the gilt lettering bright, strong hinges, straight corners with no rubbing, with the interior being clean and bright. A prior owner gift inscription (small and unobtrusive) on the front free endpaper, some foxing on the edges of the text block and on the endpapers, else fine. The unclipped dust jacket near fine, with one small (approx. one inch) closed tear at the head of the left side of the front panel, very minor overall edgewear and some very light soiling to the yellow paper.
___CITATION: Hughey 91d.
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