London, New York, Toronto: Hodder & Stoughton, . Dulac, Edmund. First Edition. Hardcover. First English trade edition, quarto size, 180 pp., fifteen colour plates. Near fine. Item #16060604
This book received a lot of attention in New York with the illustrations forming the centrepiece of Edmund Dulac's (1882-1953) first American exhibition. The tales in this book, both written and illustrated by Dulac, were drawn from the folklores of Russia, England, Flanders, Belgium, Italy, France, Ireland, Serbia and Japan - the "Allied Nations" of World War I. Immersed in the artistic traditions of folklore, stimulated by a friendship with Yeats, and influenced by a cruise in 1913 through the eastern Mediterranean, his work took on a fresh, simpler style that he would develop and personalise throughout the rest of his career.
This volume is the first English trade edition; the many different editions of "Edmund Dulac's Fairy Book" have caused endless confusion, but the main identifier is whether or not it has the sixteenth plate, which was added later.
___DESCRIPTION: Full original tan cloth stamped in blue and black with a design of two leaping horses and scroll frame for the title to the front board and spine, tan endpapers printed in blue geometric design of curving vertical stripes, fifteen plates tipped onto stiff cream paper and framed with wide olive-green rules and captioned in black at the lower margin; quarto size (11" by 8.5"), pagination: [i-x] 1-169 . Vintage bookseller's ticket on the rear paste-down endpaper (Brentano's, NY).
___CONDITION: A near fine copy, internally bright with all plates complete, strong square text block with hinges which have been professionally restored, now strong, the boards clean and without wear, and free of prior owner markings; corners gently bumped but not rubbed, sunning to the spine, the rear board slightly bowed and with a few light spots of soiling; still a near fine copy. Lacking the scarce dust jacket.
___CITATION: Hughey 47a.
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