London: Constable and Co., 1912. Item #03528
With Twenty Full-Page Color Plates by René Bull
[BULL, René, illustrator.] The Arabian Nights. With illustrations by René Bull. London: Constable and Co., 1912.
First trade edition. Quarto (9 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches; 248 x 183 mm.). xii, 298,  pp. Twenty mounted color plates with descriptive tissue guards.
Rebound in half brown morocco over the original gilt decorated brown cloth boards with an additional color plate by René Bull mounted on front cover. Spine with five raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt.
A few text pages with light marginal soiling, some minor discoloration to cloth boards. A very good copy.
René Bull (d. 1942) “was born in Ireland and went to Paris to study engineering, but left this for art work in London, 1892. After working for various magazines, he was appointed ‘special’ for Black and White, 1896, attending the Armenian massacres and the Graeco-Turkish War as artist…He served in the First World War in RNVR, 1916, and RAF, 1917. Bull was one of the most versatile specials because his stature as an artist was above average. Not only an accurate reporter, he was a talented comic draughtsman and a brilliant illustrator of fairy stories” (Houfe, The Dictionary of 19th Century British Book Illustrators, p. 81). Works illustrated by Bull include: La Fontaine’s Fables (1905), Uncle Remus, by Joel Chandler Harris (1906), The Arabian Nights (1912), The Russian Ballet by A.E. Johnson (1913), Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám (1913), Carmen, by Prosper Mérimée (1916), and Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, by Jonathan Swift (1928).