A collection of fairy stories from the 'allied nations' who fought in World War I - England, Russia, France, Serbia, Japan, China, The Netherlands, Italy and Ireland.
Edmund Dulac (1882-1953) was a French-born, British naturalised illustrator and stamp designer. Born in Toulouse, he studied art at the École des Beaux-Arts, and moved to London early in the 20th century. In 1905 he received his first commission, to illustrate the novels of the Brontë Sisters. During World War I, Dulac produced relief books and when after the war the deluxe children's book market shrank he turned to magazine illustration, among other ventures. He designed banknotes during World War II and also postage stamps, most notably those that heralded the beginning of Queen Elizabeth II's reign.
This is an early reprint of the 1919 deluxe edition with the full complement of 16 plates, each protected by a blank page; the frontispiece being protected with a flimsier plain sheet. The title page is decoratively illustrated in black. The book is bound in blue ribbed cloth, the spine gilt lettered, the upper cover panelled in blind. The unclipped dustwrapper is in very good condition, with only minor chipping at the edges, most notably at the top of the spine. There is minimal shelfwear at the top of the spine and corners. There is some tanning, and very slight (and light) foxing to the (decorated) endpapers. The binding is generally firm, and all text is clean and bright with no markings, apart from a small brown stain on pp 67/68, showing more faintly on pp 66/67 and 69/70. P.135 has a small loss at the bottom centre, and P.169 (and the preceding illustration page) are minimally torn at the same point. 174pp. Page tops originally coloured blue, now considerably faded. A very handsome copy in excellent condition for its age.