Stories from The Arabian Nights. Retold by Laurence Housman; With Drawings by Edmund Dulac

The Edition De Luxe of
Dulac's Most Important Work
In a Beautiful Onlaid Binding by Chris Lewis

[BAYNTUN Riviere (Binder); Chris Lewis, (finisher)]. DULAC, Edmund, illustrator. Stories from The Arabian Nights. Retold by Laurence Housman. London: Hodder and Stoughton, [1907].

Edition de Luxe, limited to three hundred and fifty copies (this being number 225) signed by Edmund Dulac. Quarto (10 7/8 x 8 7/8 in; 278 x 226 mm). xvi, 133, [1, blank] pp. Fifty color plates tipped-in to gray-green art stock with captioned tissue guards, all but frontispiece bound after text.

Bound ca. 1960 by Bayntun-Riviére (stamp-signed) and finished by Chris Lewis in full crimson crushed levant morocco with a triple gilt fillet frame worked into Greek keys at corners that encloses a vivid reproduction of Dulac's illustration "At so arrogant a claim all the courtiers burst into loud laughter" wrought with multi-colored morocco onlays and painted highlights. Beveled edges. Gilt ornamented raised bands. Gilt-framed compartments. Broad turn-ins with multiple fillets, and corner-pieces. All edges gilt. Cockerell endpapers. A very fine and flawless copy. Housed in the original fleece-lined red cloth slipcase.

"Stories from the Arabian Nights is Dulac's most important book…The first printing in England of The Arabian Nights in October was so sought after that a second printing had to be run in November to provide books to sell at the Leicester Galleries' November-December showing of Dulac's work…This exhibit started Dulac's lengthy relationship with the Leicester Galleries and also with Hodder and Stoughton who henceforth published each year a book with his pictures, thereby solidifying his reputation as an illustrator" (Hughey).

"It may have been his friendship with the celebrated connoisseurs, Ricketts and Shannon, that led Dulac to a renewed and closer acquaintance with those Oriental and Greek primitives, which he had already learned to love in his youth...Persian miniatures especially have fascinated him...the fantasies which Scheherazade wove...need a jeweled commentator, and Dulac alone possesses the necessary gifts" (Art critic, Martin Birnbaum, Introduction, Catalog of Dulac exhibition, Scott & Fowles Gallery, NY, December 1916).

The great Christopher Lewis began his career at the internationally renowned Bayntun-Riviere Bindery of Bath, England, during the early 1960s as a finisher. In the 1970s, he established his own bindery and further developed his masterful inlay and gilt work, incorporating innovative painted highlights for heightened dramatic visual effect.

Hughey 16. Item #02123

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