Paris: L'Édition D'Art H. Piazza, 1919. Item #02200
With Plates and Designs Not Found In The English Edition
[DULAC, Edmund, illustrator]. Sindbad le Marin et d'autres contes des Mille et Une Nuits. Illustrés par Edmond Dulac. Paris: L'Édition D'Art H. Piazza, (1919).
First edition in French, limited to 1500 numbered copies, this being copy no. 1055. Quarto (11 7/8 x 9 1/8 in; 302 x 233 mm). 145,  pp. with decorative borders. Twenty-seven mounted color plates with wide decorative borders, and captioned tissue guards. Title-page features Dulac's elaborate yellow border design of flowing vines, scrolls, extending spikes; the limitation page features a Dulac-designed decorative frame enclosing the limitation statement. Both designs are exclusive to this edition.
Publisher's original printed blue wrappers with black lettering and decorative pale gray panel and lozenge. A fine copy.
Contains four color plates not found in the English edition of 1914: Une lettre d'amour, etc.; La princesse Badroulboudour; Il se plaisait a converser avec les femmes; La Princesse Bouquet de Perles. These plates were previously published in various other Dulac illustrated books under different captions.
"In some of the pictures for this book Dulac continues with the Chinese style developed for Princess Badoura the year before. In others, he reduces the scale and adds a richness of detail to create an effect similar to that seen in Persian and Indian miniature art. The pictures are generally serious but Dulac's ever-present humor creeps in...And always there is the Oriental inspiration" (Hughey).
"Mr. Dulac has provided pictures which preserve to a marvel the Persian feeling" (Times Literary Supplement, Dec.. 10, 1914).
"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).