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AU ROYAUME DE LA PERLE. ["THE KINGDOM OF THE PEARL"]
H. Piazza, Paris 1920 - Exotic Illustrations, Jewelled Binding, Outstanding Condition. 289 x 230 mm (11 3/8 x 9 1/8"). 139, [1] pp. (colophon). First Printing with these Illustrations. No. 430 OF 1,500 COPIES. FINE LATER BLACK CRUSHED MOROCCO, GILT, BY BAYNTUN-RIVIERE (stamp-signed on turn-in), covers with a dotted roll border incorporating gilt cornerpieces, the upper cover with a lobed CENTERPIECE PANEL ENCLOSING A GILT CROWN SET WITH 26 TINY SEED PEARLS, raised bands, gilt-ruled and decorated compartments, wide turn-ins with gilt rolls and cornerpieces, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. The book housed in a (somewhat worn and faded but still sturdy) felt-lined drop-back clamshell cloth box. With decorated title, initials, head- and tailpieces, borders, and 10 COLOR PLATES BY DULAC mounted within decorative frames, captioned tissue guards (four initials carefully hand colored by a previous owner). Limitation page with a convincing "signature" of Dulac, which appears to be a forgery. Hughey 54. A BEAUTIFULLY BOUND COPY IN PRISTINE CONDITION. In an appropriately pearled binding, this is a beautiful copy of a book celebrated for its exotic illustrations. Leonard Rosenthal was an internationally famous pearl merchant who wrote this book as a love letter to those gems of the sea that had made him a wealthy man. He discusses pearls in history, myth, and legend, as well as in commerce, with attention to the then-new process of culturing pearls. Rosenthal wanted Dulac to illustrate the 1919 first edition, but the illustrator was too busy with other work. When Dulac's schedule finally allowed him time to complete the watercolors for the project, Rosenthal had the present edition published. Dulac's plates were immediately recognized as quite special, with the London "Times" critic declaring them to be "Dulac at his best." The reviewer for "The International Studio" wrote that "in 'The Kingdom and the Pearl' [Dulac] used the conventional Persian style without perspective, rich in decorative forms and jewel-like colours, bringing out the beauty of minute things by the use of colour and graceful line." Hughey unabashedly declares the illustrations to be works of "true genius." First Printing with these Illustrations. No. 430 OF 1,500 COPIES. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA)]
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