THE SLEEPING BEAUTY AND OTHER FAIRY TALES FROM THE OLD FRENCH.

(New York and London: Hodder and Stoughton, [1910]). 285 x 215 mm. (11 1/8 x 8 1/2"). 9 p.l., 128, [2] pp.

Publisher's red cloth, gilt, covers with lacy dentelle frame and gilt titling, raised bands, spine compartments with gilt cherub at center, gilt titling. With decorative headpieces and 30 COLOR PLATES BY DULAC mounted within decorative frames captioned in English, each with a tissue guard. Front free endpaper with gift inscription to Folger Johnson, Jr., from T. H. Beverly. Joints and extremities a little worn, a touch of fraying to head of spine, one tiny hole to front joint, but the binding still solid and pleasing. A couple of light marginal finger smudges, otherwise A FINE COPY INTERNALLY, clean and bright.

This is the English edition of Dulac's lovely "Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales," a work justifiably described in the advertising literature of Hodder and Stoughton as "the most beautiful book ever published at a popular price." According to Ray, this is Dulac's best work, full of ornate and attractive scenes for the title tale as well as "Cinderella," "Bluebeard," and "Beauty and the Beast." Edmund (born Edmond) Dulac (1882-1953) was a naturalized British citizen who illustrated books and magazines and designed stamps and currency. Born in Toulouse, he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts before moving to London. There, in 1905, he received his first commission--to illustrate the novels of the Brontë sisters. He joined the London Sketch Club, which introduced him to England's foremost book and magazine illustrators. Through his new contacts, he began an arrangement with the Leicester Gallery and Hodder & Stoughton, with the gallery commissioning illustrations from Dulac which they sold in an annual exhibition. The publishing rights to those paintings were bought by Hodder & Stoughton for reproduction in illustrated gift books, and partly as a consequence, Dulac became the foremost illustrator during the golden age of deluxe gift books for children. Influenced by the work of the older artist Arthur Rackham, Dulac shows a sophisticated and exotic tone in his illustrations, with color reminiscent of the paintings of Gustav Klimt. When the children's book market contracted after World War I, Dulac found work as a magazine illustrator. Later, he designed British currency and postage stamps, the most celebrated being those for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and the early years of her reign.
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