Publisher’s red cloth with gilt illustration to upper board, gilt lettering to spine, top edges gilt, illustrated endpapers, 16 tipped-in colour plates (frontispiece with tissue guard, other plates with protective blank), decorative title page, 174 pages plus prelims, 23.7 x 16.3 cm.
First edition in this format and binding, 1923 (undated) .
In Hodder & Stoughton’s Golden Series of Colour Books.
This beautifully illustrated title – a collection of folk and fairy tales from around the world – was one of Edmund Dulac’s most popular titles, with magnificent plates reflecting the artist’s interest in world folklore and its associated imagery, particularly Russian and Oriental art. The book was such a success that the limited edition sold out within a month of publication.
The first edition, published in 1916 with 15 plates, was followed in 1919 by an enlarged, ‘deluxe’ edition of the book, featuring an extra plate plus a new story (‘The Bird Feng’). This 1923 reissue, in Hodder & Stoughton’s Golden Series of Colour Books, includes all the plates and stories from the 1919 edition, in a completely new format and binding.
Note that the 1923 edition was issued in three different bindings – the red-cloth version here being the rarest and best of the three (the other two having lower production values, without the gilt page edges and gilt cover design). I can see only one other copy of this red-cloth variant currently for sale online (in poor condition).
A lovely copy, with the contents exceptionally well preserved for age.
Snegorotchka (Russian fairy tale), The Buried Moon (English), White Caroline and Black Caroline (Flemish), The Seven Conquerors of the Queen of the Mississippi (Belgian), The Serpent Prince (Italian), The Hind of the Wood (French), Ivan and the Chestnut Horse (Russian), The Queen of the Many-Coloured Bedchamber (Irish), The Blue Bird (French), Bashtchelik; or Real Steel (Serbian), The Friar and the Boy (English), The Green Serpent (French), Urashima Taro (Japanese), The Fire Bird (Russian), The Story of the Bird Feng (Chinese).
Contents crisp and clean, very bright. No owner inscriptions. Five pairs of gatherings stretched, one plate with a little stuck paper along glued edge (original production flaw), slight bumping to upper corners (also production flaw). Endpapers with usual offsetting. Gilt top edges bright, with a little scuffing; fore-edges with very slight foxing (hardly noticeable). Binding tight, slightly splayed, with slight lean. Boards very clean as shown, with slight rubbing to corners; spine with usual discoloration, slight bumping and wear to ends.
- Aantal boeken
- Geïllustreerd, Kinderboeken, Literatuur
- Auteur/ Illustrator
- Edmund Dulac
- Edmund Dulac's Fairy Book: Fairy Tales
- Zeer Goed
- Publicatiejaar oudste item
- Eerste druk in dit formaat
- Oorspronkelijke taal
- Hodder & Stoughton Limited, London
- Harde kaft
- Ingeplakte plaatjes, uitstekende conditie