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The Dreamer of Dreams
London, New York, Toronto: Hodder & Stoughton, 1915. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. Dulac, Edmund. Quarto size, 189 pp., 6 color plates. A breathtakingly lovely example of the incomparable work of Edmund Dulac (1882-1953), who truly needs no introduction; he was the only illustrator of his day on a par with Arthur Rackham and was known for his exquisite colors, oriental influence and versatility in his artistic endeavors. This book, Hodder and Stoughton's featured "New art gift book" of the year for 1915, is immediately recognizable for its frontispeice illustration of the snow maiden accompanied by white bears, which "makes one catch one's breath at its sheer beauty". The beautiful frontispiece was a supplement page in Hodder and Stoughton's "Christmas Bookman," which also featured a photograph of Dulac, a review of the book and its illustrations and several lavish ads. The pictures were described as "vivid and beautifully imaginative paintings."___DESCRIPTION: Original grey cloth with gilt lettering and sword design of the title-page in navy blue, similarly decorated at the backstrip, title-page printed in olive-green and grey, six colour plates mounted on tan-grey art paper, framed with three-rule green borders, tissue guards with green captions; quarto size (25.4 by 18.5 cm), pagination: [i-viii] 1-181.___CONDITION: This volume can almost be called fine; the binding appears to be fresh out of the binder's shop, with straight, unrubbed corners, a strong square text block with solid hinges, and the gilt on the front board exceptionally bright; the plates and tissue guards bright and complete, and the volume free of prior owner markings; fine except for some minor sun-toning to the backstrip and very faint scattered foxing. Lacking the rarely seen dust jacket, this copy is near fine, difficult to come by in such good condition.___CITATION: Hughey 38, true first edition, in grey rather than blue cloth, with gilt lettering to the upper board, 181 pp. vs. 177 pp. of later editions.___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard shipping charge does not always cover costs; please inquire for details.___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.
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