London: W. Collins Sons and Co. Ltd., 1929. Item #02429
The Story of a Simple Soul, of its Ordeals and Tribulations…
DULAC, Edmund, illustrator. BEAUCLERK, Helen. The Love of the Foolish Angel. London: W. Collins Sons and Co. Ltd., 1929. First edition. Octavo. (7 1/2 x 5 3/8 inches; 191 x 138mm.). Full-page black and white frontispiece by Dulac and five black & white designs repeated as decorations throughout text-total of thirteen usages; also nine different decorations around initials that begin each of the nineteen chapters. Original brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Original pictorial white dust jacket printed in black and caramel. A near fine copy.
"This is the story of a simple soul, of its ordeals and tribulations in a life to which it was brought defenceless. Miss Beaumont has set the tale in early Christian days -- a period when angels and devils were common. She tells of an angel who is cast out of Heaven by mistake, and who, having become a devil, finds himself unfitted both to the task of torturing the damned in Hell and to that of tempting men on earth. Sent into this world to win souls for his dark Master, he falls in love in a way which is neither that of devil nor of angel. The story of his exploits and his sufferings, of his encounters with sorcerers, witches, sinners and saints of various kinds and of varying degrees of virtue and wickedness, is related after the direct and simple manner of an ancient legend. This flavour of old times, however, does not affect the essentials of a love-story which could as readily be of to-day as of yesterday or tomorrow." (Dust jacket front flap).
"For this joint venture with Helen Beauclerk, Dulac supervised the entire production, designing the binding, dust jacket , end papers, and interior. He worked over a second ink illustration for the book, showing the angel being cast from the sky by a larger angel with a sword, but it was not used." (Hughey).
"Dulac had also been asked to decorate Helen Beauclerk's new novel for Collins, The Love of the Foolish Angel, a gentle, beautifully written story of the angel Tamiel who was expelled from heaven for having sided, in his innocence, with Lucifer, and of his redemption through his love for a mortal. Dulac designed a dust jacket, head and tail pieces and chapter initials, all in an Art Deco style, with a dramatic frontispiece showing Tamiel being hurled out of heaven by the Archangel Michael. Realizing however, that this would stress the 'Foolish' rather than the 'Love' aspect which was the them of the story, he completely redrew the frontispiece to show the moment when Tamiel first sees the beautiful Basilea." (White)
White, pp. 138-139.