London: Hodder and Stoughton, (1907). Dulac, Edmund. First and Limited Edition. Vellum. Number 119 of 350 copies, quarto size, 133 pp., plus 50 color plates, signed by Edmund Dulac. Near fine. Item #17082101
This a lovely copy, in the original full vellum binding, with the original yellow silk ties. The "stories from the Arabian Nights is Dulac's most important book. It was an overnight sensation that unequivocally established Dulac's reputation. The illustrations have been issued over the years in countless book editions in many languages. Contemporary reviews such as that from The Outlook, praised this work, writing that 'fanciful imagination, humour, and sheer beauty... with excellencies of design and colour will make the book one of the most prized.' The New York Times heralded the pictures as 'indescribably quaint and bewitching.' As a boy in Toulouse, Dulac was greatly impressed by his uncle's fine collection of Far Eastern Art, and it was said to have served him as inspiration all his life" (quotes from Hughey).
___DESCRIPTION: Original white vellum, stamped to upper board and backstrip with gilt mock Arabic lettering and smoking brazier design, interspersed with bits of royal blue; dark grey-green endpapers, fore- and tail-edges untrimmed, top-edge gilt, title page printed in black and orange with vignette of "seated Arab," 50 color plates mounted on dark grey-green art paper with captioned tissue guards, except for the frontispiece all plates are bound in together at the back of the volume, original yellow silk closing ties; large quarto size (11.75" by 9"), [i-v] vi-xvi, 1-133 [1 half-title] pp., first edition, limited edition, in the original vellum binding, signed by Edmund Dulac.
___CONDITION: Near fine, the vellum is bright with minimal rubbing at edges and only slightly turned at one corner, a strong square text block with solid hinges, internally bright and clean, all plates present/complete, and free of prior owner markings; very minimal foxing to outer edges, some occasional creases and minor chips to some of the tissue guards; this copy is near fine, uncommon with the original silk ties. Some restoration work was done by a professional conservator to strengthen the joints, the work is not visible, and overall increased the shelf appeal and dependability of this fine volume.
___CITATION: Hughey 16.
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