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[Edmund Dulac illustrator]
Sinbad le Marin
Paris: L'Édition D'Art H. Piazza, 1920. First edition in French. Limited to 1500 numbered copies, this being copy 1055. Publisher's original printed blue wrappers with black lettering and decorative pale gray panel and lozenge. Quarto (11 7/8 x 9 1/8 in; 302 x 233 mm). 145, [3] pages with decorative borders. Twenty-seven mounted color plates with wide decorative borders, and captioned tissue guards (four colored plates not found in the English edition of 1914). Title-page features Dulac's elaborate yellow border design of flowing vines, scrolls, extending spikes; the limitation page features a Dulac-designed decorative frame enclosing the limitation statement. Both designs are exclusive to this edition. A Fine copy. "In some of the pictures for this book Dulac continues with the style developed for Princess Badoura the year before. In others, he reduces the scale and adds a richness of detail to create an effect similar to that seen in Persian and Indian miniature art. The pictures are generally serious but Dulac's ever-present humor creeps in" (Hughey). "The fantasies which Scheherazade wove...need a jeweled commentator, and Dulac alone possesses the necessary gifts" (Birnbaum). Hughey 35h.
Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books [United States]
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