Paris: L'Édition D'Art H. Piazza, 1913. Item #02938
First French Edition
DULAC, Edmond, illustrator. POE, Edgar Allan. Les Cloches et Quelques Autres Poemes. Traduits par J. Serruys. Paris: L'Édition D'Art H. Piazza, .
French Limited Edition. One of 400 copies printed on Papier Du Japon. Large quarto (11 5/8 x 9 inches; 295 x 230 mm.). 96, [1 imprint], [1 blank]. 28 color plates with captioned tissue guards. 39 decorated initials, 9 head-pieces and 34 tail-piece designs.
Original tan wrappers printed in gilt and rust bound in. Bound ca. 1913 in three-quarter brown morocco over batik boards ruled in gilt. Spine decoratively tooled and lettered in compartments. Top edge gilt. Handmade gold, green and tan endpapers. Housed in the original brown leather edged slipcase. Neat ink inscription on front blank leaf. A fine copy.
“Dulac’s pictures for The Bells were more uniform in mood and style than groupings for almost any other book of his to this time. Although water colours, they are overstreaked with gilt in some cases, crayon in others, to produce rich haunting effects. Deep shades of blue and a special deep pink-rust predominate throughout...The Outlook, which printed, in black and white, plate 22... commented: ‘…for the book thinking people will say with grace…sometimes Dulac’s pictures are deep-coloured and intense, sometimes dim and ghost-like. But one and all are sensitized to record impressions of unearthly beauty or horror. Only Poe could have written the poems. Only Dulac could have illustrated them.’…Not to be overlooked here are the sophisticated ink drawings Dulac made for headpieces. Although many of the books he illustrated had small ink decorations throughout…he had not worked in this medium so fluently since the days of doing illustrations for The Pall Mall magazine (1906-1908)…As the 10 Bells headpieces show, he had now become truly masterful with his pen” (Hughey).