London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1907. Item #04366
First Trade Edition in the Exceptionally Rare Printed Dust Jacket
"Dulac's Most Important Book" (Ann Hughey)
[DULAC, Edmund, illustrator]. HOUSMAN, Laurence. Stories From the Arabian Nights. Retold by Laurence Houseman. With Drawings by Edmund Dulac. London: Hodder and Stoughton, .
First trade edition. Octavo (9 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches; 248 x 184 mm.). xvi, 133,  pp. Fifty color plates, including frontispiece mounted on gray stock with captioned tissue guards. All of the plates with the exception of the frontispiece are bound at the end.
Publisher's Russet cloth, front cover and spine pictorially stamped in gilt and blue, plain gray end-papers. Neat ink inscription on front free endpaper. A near fine copy in the exceptionally rare gray paper dust jacket printed in black advertising Arthur Rackham's Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens on the rear panel and the price of 15/- net on the spine. Minimal chipping to bottom of jacket at spine, inner edges strengthened in some areas, otherwise fine.
A remarkable survival.
In over fifty years, of the three copies in the original dust jacket that I have seen, this is by far the best example. (DJB)
"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)
"It may have been his friendship with the celebrated connoisseurs, Ricketts and Shannon, that led Dulac to a renewed and closer acquaintance with those Oriental and Greek primitives, which he had already learned to love in his youth... Persian miniatures especially have fascinated him... the fantasies which Scheherazade wove... need a jeweled commentator, and Dulac alone possesses the necessary gifts" (Art critic, Martin Birnbaum, Introduction, Catalog of Dulac exhibition, Scott & Fowles Gallery, NY, December 1916).