Paris: L'Édition D'Art H. Piazza, . First edition in French. One of 1000 numbered copies signed by Dulac, this being copy 559. Contemporary quarter dark blue morocco over speckled boards, spine with five raised bands, lettered in gilt in second compartment, top edge gilt, marbled end-papers. Original pictorial wrappers designed by Dulac bound-in. Corners very slightly bumped. Large quarto (11 5/8 x 9 inches; 296 x 229 mm.). Collating iv, 149, . Fifteen mounted color plates with captioned tissue guards, and ten decorated initials, ten tailpieces, and decorative bands to text designed by Dulac. An excellent copy.
First edition in French of Edmund Dulac's Fairy Book: Fairy Tales of the Allied Nations (1916), with the same number of color plates as the first English edition but with the addition of initials, tailpieces, and decorative bands by Dulac exclusive to this issue. "The tales of this book, both written and illustrated by Dulac, were drawn from the folklore of Russia, England,
Flanders, Belgium, Italy, France, Ireland, Serbia, and Japan. Dulac was able to employ the full scope of his versatility in
creating a national mood in each illustration. During this period of his work, Dulac had immersed himself in the artistic traditions of folklore" (Hughey). (Item #3625)
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