Paris: L'Édition D'Art H. Piazza, 1914. Item #02433
Limited to 500 Signed Copies
With Decorations Not Found in the English Language Edition
DULAC, Edmund. La Princesse Badourah. Conte des Mille et une Nuits. Illustré par Edmond Dulac. Paris: L'Édition D'Art H. Piazza, n.d. .
First edition in French, limited to 500 numbered copies signed by the artist, this being copy no. 347. Quarto (11 1/2 x 8 3/4 in; 294 x 221 mm). Ten mounted color plates within decorative borders.
A handsomely restrained binding, ca. 1914, by Georges Levitsky (stamp-signed) in three-quarter antelope brown morocco with gilt rules over marbled paper boards. Original wrappers preserved. Housed in the binder's morocco-edged custom slipcase. A superb and very fine copy.
With decorations not found in the English language editions, including nine designs of a different small tree in an urn on pages preceding each chapter; decorated initials at start of each chapter; seven tailpieces; two surrounds for for letterpress on limitation and colophon.
Ukraine-born (1885) and trained, Georges Levitsky emigrated to Paris in 1907 and set up his own shop in 1910. His clients included King Albert I of Belgium and King Alexander I of Serbia, producing what would evolve into a "dynamic and resourceful" (Duncan & Debartha) style.