"A MASTER OF THE FANTASTIC AND EXOTIC": STORIES FROM HANS ANDERSEN, ILLUSTRATED AND SIGNED BY EDMUND DULAC
(DULAC, Edmund) ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. Stories from Hans Andersen. London: Hodder & Stoughton, (1911). Folio (10-1/2 by 12-1/2 inches), original full vellum, elaborately gilt-decorated spine and covers, patterned endpapers, top edge gilt, uncut, later silk ties, original cardboard slipcase (repaired). $5200.
Signed limited edition, number 135 of 750 copies signed by Dulac, with 28 wonderful mounted color plates, bound in original vellum-gilt. A beautiful copy.
"Dulac was one of the central illustrators of the Edwardian period, a time when fantasy illustration reached a peak of sophistication" (Clute & Grant, 300). "Dulac remained true to the medium of watercolor, and the critics were unanimous in their praise. He was recognized as an illustrator of first rank, a master of the fantastic and exotic, and 'a dreamer of extraordinary dreams'… Among the 28 color plates in [this volume] are several of the artist's most loved and celebrated illustrations: 'The Little Mermaid,' 'The Emperor's New Clothes' and 'The Princess and the Pea'" (Dalby, 82-83). This collection also includes "The Wind's Tale," "The Nightingale" and "The Snow Queen." Original Leicester Galleries exhibition announcement, advertising an exhibition of Dulac's original watercolor paintings for the book's illustrations, laid in. Hughey 27a.
Original slipcase repaired. Book quite clean and fine. An exceptional copy.