Potsdam: Müller & Co. Verlag, 1920. Edmund Dulac. Early German Trade Edition / Text in German. Pictorial cloth. Small quarto (10" x 7 1/" x 1 1/4"), pictorial cloth with hand-tinted cover illustration by Curt Muller-Fernau and brown lettering on spine; illustrated with a tipped-in colored frontispiece and 13 color plates by Edmund Dulac (5 from Sindbad; 9 from Deryabar), publisher's black topstain, 134 pages on thick stock +  Colophon. Weight: 2 lbs. 1 oz. Very Good / None [archival protective clear polyester added]. Item #6560
Edmund Dulac (1882 – 1953) was a French British-naturalised Golden Age children's book illustrator (usually working in watercolors), magazine illustrator, and stamp designer. After relocating to London, J. M. Dent commissioned him in 1905 to illustrate novels of the Brontë Sisters. Hodder & Stoughton then commissioned him to produce one magnificently illustrated gift book each year.
Books he thus illustrated include Stories from The Arabian Nights (1907); William Shakespeare's, The Tempest (1908); The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (1909); The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales (1910); Stories from Hans Christian Andersen (1911); The Bells and Other Poems by Edgar Allan Poe (1912).
In 1914, he illustrated for H&S, Sindbad the sailor & other stories from the Arabian nights. Dulac illustrated the amazing adventures of Sindbad and his sevenamazing voyages. This German trade edition is a post-war translation of that work which reproduces Dulac's superb Orientalist original H&S illustrations. In addition to such masterpieces, Dulac is also often especially recognized for Edmund Dulac's Fairy Book  and his other fairytale illustrations.
Ann Hughey, 350. This book is a flowering of Dulac's preoccupation with Oriental and especially Persian miniatures. In the case of the island=whale plate, one wonders if Japanese woodcuts also influenced the wide-ranging artist?
Condition: VERY SCARCE EDITION. Solid and clean copy with Fine to Very Fine glowing tipped-in illustrations (& the hand-tinted cover by Muller-Fernau). No internal markings or bookplates; considerable but unform age-toning throughout. Bump to the top of the rear cover beside the spine's cap.