WITH AN AUTOGRAPH NOTE AND AN ORIGINAL DRAWING LAIN IN: LIMITED AMERICAN EDITION OF DULAC'S SLEEPING BEAUTY, ONE OF ONLY 150 NUMBERED COPIES, HANDSOMELY BOUND
(DULAC, Edmund) QUILLER-COUCH, Arthur. The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales. New York and London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1910. Folio, modern full brown morocco gilt, raised bands, top edge gilt, uncut. Custom slipcase.
Limited first American edition, number 150 of only 150 copies for sale in the United States, with 30 beautiful mounted color plates, handsomely bound in full morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe/Zaehnsdorf. This copy with an autograph postcard initialed by Dulac and an original pencil drawing possibly by Dulac laid in.
Sleeping Beauty is one of the great Hodder & Stoughton "gift" books—"precious objects, to be looked at with awe and handled with care" (Lewis, 186)— boasting 30 full-page mounted color illustrations by Edmund Dulac. "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" (Dalby, 82-83). The postcard, penned entirely in Dulac's hand and with his "ED" monogram, reads in full: "22d Sept 42, Dear Al—Helen doesn't know whether she sent you a card telling you that the typing paper had come & asking how much it was. I on the other hand would like to know if you can get peppermint, Fox Glacier or any of that type; bullseyes here not so good nor Mintos. If you can get as much as you can buy & I will refund you the —. Also ask your pal of the phosphorescent paint what medium to dissolve it with mine has gone all dry. Yrs, ED [Dulac's monogram]." Dulac has addressed the postcard to F.M. Atkinson in London. Hughey 23.
Fine condition. Very scarce.