Item #2292 The Arabian Nights; retold by Laurence Housman with drawings by Edmund Dulac. Laurence HOUSMAN, Edmund DULAC.
The Arabian Nights; retold by Laurence Housman with drawings by Edmund Dulac
The Arabian Nights; retold by Laurence Housman with drawings by Edmund Dulac

The Arabian Nights; retold by Laurence Housman with drawings by Edmund Dulac

London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1907. Edmund Dulac. Edition Deluxe. vellum. Octavo : pp xvi, 133 (136) : 50 colour illustrations with captioned tissue guards tipped onto heavy card : bookplate of John Woolcott Forbes : full vellum binding (recently cleaned) with gilt blocked lettering and design on top board and spine : SIGNED by Dulac at the limitation page.

A few light marks and scuffs to the vellum binding, lacks ribbon to close; card mounts for the illustrations are brittle with occasional chip; limitation page and half title are foxed, title has a small spray of fox marks and tissue guards are variously foxed. Good. Item #2292

No 214 of 350. Stories from the Arabian Nights is Edmund Dulac's most important book (Hughey 16b). In a 2012 article for The Atlantic Maria Popova described his work as, "... blending the British tradition of book illustration with the vibrant colors of Persian miniatures and motifs from Chinese and Japanese art. His artwork endures as arguably the most memorable and widely recognized visual footprint of Arabian Nights." (emphasis ours).

John Woolcott Forbes was a prominent Australian financier who abruptly left Australia in 1939 after assuring creditors he would honour every obligation he owed, "...every bob of it!" ("The Truth", Sunday, January 8, 1939).

Price: $2,000.00

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