London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1908. Item #03631
First Trade Edition
With Forty Mounted Color Plates
[DULAC, Edmund, illustrator]. SHAKESPEARE, William. Shakespeare's Comedy of The Tempest. With Illustrations by Edmund Dulac. London: Hodder & Stoughton, .
First trade edition. Octavo (9 3/4 x 7 1/4 in; 242 x 184 mm). xxiv, 143,  pp. Forty color plates, including frontispiece, mounted on dark green art paper with captioned tissue guard. Five black and white headpieces for each act.
Publisher's green cloth, front cover and spine decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt, plain green end-papers. Minimal foxing to preliminary leaves, spine extremities a little creased, early ink signature and date (1909) on front free end-paper. An excellent copy.
"Dulac... was working on illustrations for The Tempest which Hodder and Stoughton were to release at Christmas as one of a series of Shakespeare plays on quarto volumes... Dulac's illustrations were much brighter... His feeling for the picture as a whole seemed more convincing and showed greater human understanding as the illustrations moved beyond stage scenes and became mood pictures or tone poems...
"Dulac's greater assurance in The Tempest was manifested on many beautifully observed scenes" (White, p. 36).