London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1907. Item #03571
First Trade Edition
"Dulac's Most Important Book"
[DULAC, Edmund, illustrator]. HOUSMAN, Laurence. Stories From the Arabian Nights. Retold by Laurence Houseman. With Drawing by Edmund Dulac. London: Hodder and Stoughton, .
First trade edition. Octavo (9 1/2 x 7 1/8 in; 240 x 181 mm). xvi, 133,  pp. Fifty color plates, including frontispiece mounted on gray stock with captioned tissue guards.
Publisher's Russet cloth, front cover and spine pictorially stamped in gilt and blue, plain gray end-papers. Lacking the half-title, preliminary leaves a little foxed, edges and extremities of spine rubbed. Ink name on front free end-paper and ink inscription on verso of title-page. A good 'working' copy.
"Stories from the Arabian Nights is Dulac's most important book…The first printing in England of The Arabian Nights in October was so sought after that a second printing had to be run in November to provide books to sell at the Leicester Galleries' November-December showing of Dulac's work…This exhibit started Dulac's lengthy relationship with the Leicester Galleries and also with Hodder and Stoughton who henceforth published each year a book with his pictures, thereby solidifying his reputation as an illustrator" (Hughey)