[DULAC, Edmund, illustrator]. POE, Edgar Allan. The Bells and Other Poems. With Illustrations by Edmund Dulac. London: Hodder and Stoughton, [n.d., 1912].
Edition de Luxe. Limited to 750 copies (this copy being No. 318), numbered and signed by the artist. Large quarto (12 1/8 x 9 7/8 inches; 309 x 250 mm.). Unpaginated. Twenty-eight mounted color plates, with descriptive tissue guards. Ten black ink head-pieces on tan backgrounds and portrait of Poe on the title-page, also in black ink on tan background.
Original vellum over boards. Front cover and spine lettered and pictorially stamped in gilt with an all over Dulac design of clusters of bells. Top edge gilt, other uncut. Later silk ties. Endpapers lightly browned. Loosely inserted is the Leicester Galleries announcement for the exhibition (1912) of Dulac's original drawings for The Bells. An excellent copy. Housed in a brown cloth slipcase.
"Dulac's pictures for The Bells were more uniform in mood and style than groupings for almost any other book of his to this time. Although water colours, they are overstreaked with gilt in some cases, crayon in others, to produce rich haunting effects. Deep shades of blue and a special deep pink-rust predominate throughout...The Outlook, which printed, in black and white, plate 22... commented: ĎÖfor the book thinking people will say with graceÖsometimes Dulac's pictures are deep-coloured and intense, sometimes dim and ghost-like. But one and all are sensitized to record impressions of unearthly beauty or horror. Only Poe could have written the poems. Only Dulac could have illustrated them.'ÖNot to be overlooked here are the sophisticated ink drawings Dulac made for headpieces. Although many of the books he illustrated had small ink decorations throughoutÖhe had not worked in this medium so fluently since the days of doing illustrations for The Pall Mall magazine (1906-1908)ÖAs the 10 Bells headpieces show, he had now become truly masterful with his pen" (Hughey).
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