Paris: L'Édition D'Art H. Piazza, 1917. Item #03629
One of 1000 Numbered Copies Signed by the Artist/Author
With Designs Not Found in the First English Edition
DULAC, Edmund. Contes et Légendes des Nations Alliées, recueillis et illustrés par Edmond Dulac. Paris: L'Édition D'Art H. Piazza, (1917).
First edition in French, one of 1000 numbered copies signed by Dulac, this being copy no. 559.
Large quarto (11 5/8 x 9 inches; 296 x 229 mm.). iv, 149,  pp. Fifteen mounted color plates with captioned tissue guards, and ten decorated initials, ten tailpieces, and decorative bands to text designed by Dulac.
Contemporary quarter dark blue morocco over speckled boards, spine with five raised bands, lettered in gilt in second compartment, top edge gilt, marbled end-papers. Original pictorial wrappers designed by Dulac bound-in. Corners very slightly bumped. An excellent copy.
First edition in French of Edmund Dulac's Fairy Book: Fairy Tales of the Allied Nations (1916), with the same number of color plates as the first English edition but with the addition of initials, tailpieces, and decorative bands by Dulac exclusive to this issue.
"Dulac's Fairy Book was the Christmas book for 1916 featured by Hodder and Stoughton in The Bookman...
"The tales of this book, both written and illustrated by Dulac, were drawn from the folklore of Russia, England, Flanders, Belgium, Italy, France, Ireland, Serbia, and Japan. Dulac was able to employ the full scope of his versatility in creating a national mood in each illustration. During this period of his work, Dulac had immersed himself in the artistic traditions of folklore...
"... His new perceptions resulted in a completely fresh, simpler style for the pictures of this book - a style he continued to develop and make his own for the rest of his career...
"... For the French issue of Dulac's Fairy Book, Dulac himself wrote the French text" (Hughey).