London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1907. Item #04695
"Stories From the Arabian Nights is Dulac's Most Important Book" (Hughey)
Edition De Luxe - One of 350 Signed Copies
Fifty Mounted Color Plates
DULAC, Edmund, illustrator. Stories from The Arabian Nights. Retold by Laurence Housman. London: Hodder and Stoughton, .
Edition de Luxe, limited to three hundred and fifty copies (this being number 116) signed by Edmund Dulac.
Large quarto (10 3/4 x 8 7/8 in; 272 x 225 mm). , xvi, 133, [1, blank] , [1, blank] pp. Fifty color plates tipped-in to gray-green art stock with captioned tissue guards, all but frontispiece bound after text.
Publishers full white vellum, front cover and spine decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt and blue. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Original? silk ties slightly frayed, gilt on spine a little dull otherwise a near fine copy. Engraved bookplate of Allen L. Chickering on front paste-down.
"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).