London: Frederick Warne & Co., 1908. Item #02530
"Among the Most Delightful of His Book Pictures"
With a Dulac ALS
DULAC, Edmund. Lyrics Pathetic & Humorous from A to Z. London: Frederick Warne & Co., 1908.
First edition. Slim quarto (10 1/2 x 8 1/4 in; 268 x 208 mm). Unpaginated. Twenty-four full color plates on glossy paper, with limerick verses, to rectos only. Title page vignette. Illustrated endpapers.
Publisher's original quarter straw cloth over pictorial paper boards. Beveled edges. Clipped photo of Dulac mounted to front flyleaf. Minor surface rubbing to front board with loss of a few letters of illustrators name, otherwise a near fine copy.
With an ALs from Dulac to Edward Cahen dated March 2, 1918 in reference to powdered gold pigment used for illustration background color. Dulac and Cahen (a metallurgist, mineralist, and paint manufacturer) had exchanged earlier letters on the subject. It is thought that gold pigment was in short supply during the WWI and still difficult to acquire. With a Dulac-to-Cahen autograph envelope dated February 12, 1918 tipped-in to rear.
The note reads in full:
"Dear Mr. Cahen:
Excuse hasty note. I have been very busy & worried lately. Thence apparent negligence. Forgive me. No. I do not mind an initial expense. I said before that I would not expect you to be out of pocket, in addition to a ton of time on my account.
A thousand thanks for your kindness.
Why is the gold brown"
"A very attractive quarto, containing delightful drawings, in which that rare gift of colour which distinguishes this artist is reaffirmed... there is no monotony in Mr. Dulac's quaint conceptions" (The International Studio, January, 1909).
"Mr. Dulac's pencil and brush have rarely been more successfully employed. Nothing more original in conception and effective colour printing has perhaps appeared for a long time" (The Daily Telegraph).
"The rollicking figures that illustrate Dulac's alphabet book are, with those of Arabian Nights, among the most delightful of his book pictures. His work here shows his most individual style, his own way of doing things when unhampered by the limitations of a story or of a publisher... seldom did Dulac fail to tuck some whimsy into his book pictures, but the comic style which he launched... achieved sure triumph in the Lyrics..." (Hughey).