London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1916. Item #04354
First Trade Edition
"Snegorotchka" and Other Tales
[DULAC, Edmund, illustrator]. Edmund Dulac’s Fairy-Book. Fairy Tales of the Allied Nations. London: Hodder & Stoughton, [n.d., 1916].
First trade edition. Large quarto (10 3/4 x 8 3/8 inches; 273 x 213 mm.). , [1, blank], 169, , [1, blank], [1, printer’s imprint] pp. Fifteen color plates, mounted on stiff cream paper, framed with wide gilt bands and with descriptive letterpress in black.
Original tan cloth pictorially stamped in gilt, blue and black to form a design of two leaping horses and scroll frame for gilt lettering (reproducing the design on the title-page) on front cover and spine. Decorative endpapers, versos a little browned. Minimal darkening to spine. Neat ink inscription dated 1917 at top of title-page. An excellent copy.
“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. He was partly stimulated by his friendship with Yeats (whose interest in Celtic folklore was legendary) and partly awakened to ethnic themes by his 1913 cruise through the eastern Mediterranean. Also at this time he was influenced by his encounters with the Russian-born designer Léon Bakst and Bakst’s stage work for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes” (Hughey).