Contes Des Mille et Une Nuits

[Tales from the Thousand and One Nights]. H. Piazza et cie, Paris; nd, ca1907. L’Edition D’Art. Illustrated with 50 tipped-in colored plates by Edmond Dulac. Signed binding by the Durvand bindery. Three-quarter morocco with gilt titling and marbled boards. 209 pp. 4to. Very good.


Extremely scarce French edition of the Thousand and One Nights, replete with 50 gorgeous colored plates by Dulac, which have been tipped-in and come tissue-guarded. Brown leather with raised bands; finely marbled boards and endpapers. Top edges gold, with the fore-edges and tails left untrimmed. Rubbed areas on the edges and corners, with a small split at the upper part of the spine. The text block is pristine and crisp.

Edmund Dulac (1882-1953) was one of the great figures from the Golden Age of Illustration. Born in Toulouse, France, Dulac was artistically inclined from adolescence. He switched from law to art and moved to London where he was in tremendous demand from publishers. Dulac’s most famous works of art include beautiful illustrations for books like the Arabian Nights, Sleeping Beauty, Stories from Hans Christian Andersen and the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.

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