(Potsdam: Müller & Co., ). 265 x 180 mm. (10 1/2 x 7"). 235,  pp.,  leaves.
FINE SALMON-PINK PEBBLE-GRAIN MOROCCO BY OTTO DORFNER (stamp-signed on rear turn-in) with Art Deco gilt titling and flourishes to spine and upper board, raised bands, gilt-ruled turn-ins, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. In a matching silver and salmon cardboard clamshell box. With 41 color illustrations by Edmund Dulac. In near-mint condition.
This is an early German edition of Dulac's first major commission as a book illustrator, offered in a fine binding by an artisan with the highest reputation within the German book world. Edmund Dulac (1882-1953) studied art at the university in his native Toulouse before emigrating to England at 22, at just the time when the process of color separation was making it possible to print faithfully the glowing colors of his palette. Between 1907, when his "Arabian Nights" first appeared, and 1920, his works found an appreciative audience. Influenced by the work of the older artist Arthur Rackham, Dulac's illustrations have a sophisticated and exotic tone with rich color, reminiscent of the paintings of Gustav Klimt. After 1920, Dulac, who had became a naturalized British citizen, published several more illustrated fairy tales, but also worked as a designer of costumes and sets. Master bookbinder Otto Dorfner (1885-1955) taught at the School of Applied Arts in Weimar and at the Bauhaus workshop before founding his own school to teach binding. He was awarded a number of international awards, and is particularly noted for his work with the Cranach Press. His bindings tend to be understated, but executed with exemplary craftsmanship and using the best materials. (ST14858)
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PJP Catalog: SE18BF.013