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Sir Quiller-Couch's Sleeping Beauty
illustrated by Edumund Dulac

We are proud to offer a special book and outstanding example of the Golden Age of Illustators by one of the masters of that time, Edmund Dulac.

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Author Name: Quiller-Couch, Sir Arthur
Title: The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: VG/NONE (as issued)
Edition: Limited Edition; First Printing
Publisher: London Hodder & Stoughton 1910
Illustrator: Dulac, Edmund
Seller ID: 8191
Very Good/No Jacket - as issued. Limited Edition - #972 of 1000 copies, signed by Edmund Dulac on the limitation page. 30 tipped in plates with tissue guards, large 10.5" x 12.5", 128 pp., full brown morocco, fine gilt work with cherubs, cornucopias and floral designs, top edges gilt, fore and bottom edges untrimmed.

Very shallow 4" scratch on front cover, a couple of nicks along edges, page edges darkened at the untrimmed edge, endpapers may have been professionally replaced- they are a brighter, different paper, light smudges to several interior pages, the frontis and illustrations at pp. 24, 38, and 56 each have a light crease at a corner ...a very nice copy.

This is one of the "gift books" published in the "Golden Age of Illustrators" when new techniques became available to the printer. It contains thirty beautiful Edmund Dulac illustrations which accompany Quiller-Couch's re-telling of The Sleeping Beauty (8 illustrations), Blue Beard (7), Cinderella (8), and Beauty and the Beast (7).

The stories were initially translated by Arthur Quiller-Couch from "Perrault's tales, very nearly word for word", but the translations did not satisfy him so "I turned back to the beginning and have rewritten the stories in my own way" with the sense that "children's taste is here, as usually, right and classical". The illustrations by Dulac are from his earlier period which ended about 1913. At that time, the mellow, romantic blues give way to a brighter palette and a more oriental style - a permanent change in Dulac's approach.

Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch (1863-1944). English poet, novelist (also known under the pseudonym of Q), and anthologist. Educated at Oxford, he worked as a journalist and editor in London before settling in his native Cornwall. He taught at Cambridge from 1912. He is noted for compiling The Oxford Book of English Verse 1250-1900 (1900; revised 1939) and The Oxford Book of Ballads (1910). His works, written in a clear and apparently effortless style, include many novels and short stories, verse, and criticism, including On the Art of Writing (1916) and On the Art of Reading (1920).

Edmund Dulac (1882-1953) was born in Toulouse, France. After winning a prize at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, he quit law and enrolled full-time in the Ecole. He won the 1901 and 1903 Grand Prix for his paintings submitted to the annual competitions and in 1904 he left for London and the start of a meteoric career. He was one of the leading "Golden Age" illustrators of Europe. The list also included Arthur Rackham, Walter Crane, Aubrey Beardsley, and Kay Nielsen in Europe and Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, Frank Schoonover, Edwin Austin Abbey, and Maxfield Parrish in the USA. Dulac far surpassed the output of any of his contemporaries. His last "great works" were The Golden Cockerel (1950), The Marriage of Cupid and Psyche (1951) and Comus (1954) and were published as deluxe signed editions by The Limited Editions Club. Comus was published posthumously.

Keywords: Fairy Tales FANTASY Children's Books

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