Paris: L'Edition D'Art. H. Piazza, 1920. Item #03380
First French Edition
Decorated With Extra Designs,
Not Found In The English Language Editions
[DULAC, Edmund, illustrator]. ROSENTHAL, Léonard. Au Royaume de la Perle. Illustrations de Edmond Dulac. Paris: L'Edition D'Art. H. Piazza, [October 1920].
First French edition. One of 1,500 copies. Large quarto (11 7/8 x 9 1/4 inches; 302 x 234 mm.). 139, [1, printer’s imprint] pp. Ten mounted color plates, with descriptive tissue guards.
Original strong blue color wrappers, embossed and ornamented with sponge-like designs in silver and gilt; small paper label printed with brown lettering and design on front cover. This copy is not numbered but is an "Examplaire Offert par Léonard Rosenthal a M. Poupon".
A fine copy.
"The French edition also is decorated with the following extra designs, not found in English language editions: 14 chapter headpieces, each different, formed by large white initials, black and light olive designs of seahorses, starfish, octopus, conch shells, etc.; 3 additional headpieces; 9 tailpieces; half-title design; 2 frames for letterpress on limitation and printer's pages."
“Au Royaume de la Perle was first published in Paris (by Payot) in 1919 without benefit of the Dulac illustrations which the author Mr. Rosenthal so eagerly sought. But when, in 1920, Dulac found time to produce 10 pictures, Mr. Rosenthal not only purchased the water colours, but had another publisher, Piazza of Paris, publish a 1,500-copy new edition of his ‘Perle’ book with the Dulac illustrations. Also Dulac reveals in a reply to a Mr. Carroll of Massachusetts who hoped to buy one of the ‘Pearl’ illustrations that Mr. Rosenthal also purchased the copyright to the 10 pictures. However Mr. Rosenthal did allow his book with Dulac pictures and in English translation to be published in England by The Nisbet Publishing House… The ‘Pearl’ pictures indeed display a ripening of a Dulac style first seen in Sindbad the Sailor, employed in some of his Fairy Book pictures and developed fully in The Tanglewood Tales. It is a Persian miniature style, but made quite his own…His plates, truly genius, do much to bring a fanciful touch to the otherwise stark exposition of a treatise on pearls” (Hughey).