London: Hodder & Stoughton publisher, . Edmund Dulac. Reprint of 1908 Oxford Edition. Pictorial cloth. Small quarto (10" x 7 1/2" x 2"), green pictorial cloth with gilt lettering on spine & cover illustration of a fairy by Edmund Dulac; illustrated with tipped-in colored frontispiece and 39 comparable color plates by Edmund Dulac each mounted on dark green art paper (with tissue guards); charcoal gray endpapers; 143 pages on thick stock +  Colophon. Weight: 3 lbs. 3 oz. Good / None. Item #7624
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 Dulac illustrated so beautifully 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). THE TEMPEST is a flowering of Dulac's preoccupation with fairy figures, Oriental and especially Persian miniatures.
Ann Hughey, 19a. Verso of title page indicates "printed by permission from the Oxford Edition."
Unmarked copy with considerable wear to cloth, fading gilt, edgewear, slightly shaken, with bumping to corners. Filled with 40 delicately colored Art Nouveau illustrations by Dulac that have been tipped-in (each with its own tissue guard) and affixed to thicker dark green art paper. No foxing. Slight curving of boards. No internal markings or bookplates; front endpaper missing [possibly removed by publisher]; unform light page-toning.