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Edmund Dulac Illustrated Books

Edmund Dulac was a prominent illustrator of the 'Golden Age' whose illustrations for fairy stories and children's books of the early twentieth century are noted for their lavish colour plates and fine bindings.

His intense colour watercolour combinations inspired by Persian and Indian miniature painting has made a lasting impression on children’s books.

Dulac was born in Toulouse, studied at Ecole des Beaux-Arts before moving to London in 1904 and becoming a naturalised British citizen 1912. Through becoming a member of the London Sketch Club Dulac met the foremost book and magazine illustrators of the time. These contacts led to his contract with Hodder & Stoughton, who acquired the publishing rights for many of Dulac’s artworks for their illustrated gift book series that included Sindbad the Sailor and Other Stories from the Arabian Nights, The Tempest and The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam


Collect Edmund Dulac’s Illustrated First Editions & Artwork

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  1. First US trade edition; 4to; 16 tipped-in colour plates by Edmund Dulac, including frontispiece, title within decorative border, decorative headpieces, gift inscription to front free endpaper dated 1925; publisher's pictorial cloth, gilt lettering to spine, corners slightly rubbed, with the pictorial dustjacket, slightly marked, some edge-wear, front cover chipped, otherwise a very good example.

  2. First Dulac deluxe edition, number 367 of 750 copies signed by the artist; large 4to; 28 tipped-in colour plates by Edmund Dulac, captioned tissue-guards; publisher's vellum gilt, replacement ties, top edge gilt, a little rubbed, with a few a few marks but still very good and, save for some odd spots to a few extreme page edges, internally fine; viii, 250pp.

  3. Limited edition, number 649 of 750 copies signed by the artist; large 4to (320 x 260 mm); 20 tipped-in colour plates, very mild peripheral spotting to first and last few leaves, thereafter the odd, random spot; publisher's decorative vellum, top edge gilt, others untrimmed, replaced silk ties, slight darkening to spine, very mild dust-soing and slight bowing to baords (as usual), otherwise a very good copy of this beautiful edition.

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