An Edmund Dulac Treasury: 116 Color Illustrations


Rooted in tales both ancient and modern, these vibrant images date from the early twentieth century's Golden Age of Illustration. Edmund Dulac, a prominent artist of the period, created them for books published between 1905 and 1928. Their moods range from the shadowy foreboding of Jane Eyre to the venturesome spirits of Treasure Island and the lighthearted fantasies of A Fairy Garland. Other featured titles include Shakespeare's The Tempest, The Arabian Nights, The ...
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Rooted in tales both ancient and modern, these vibrant images date from the early twentieth century's Golden Age of Illustration. Edmund Dulac, a prominent artist of the period, created them for books published between 1905 and 1928. Their moods range from the shadowy foreboding of Jane Eyre to the venturesome spirits of Treasure Island and the lighthearted fantasies of A Fairy Garland. Other featured titles include Shakespeare's The Tempest, The Arabian Nights, The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam, and the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen.
French-born Edmund Dulac arrived in London in 1904, when new advances in the printing process kindled a rage for picture books. Dulac's imaginative powers and technical skills assured the popularity of his book illustrations, many of which were sold separately as fine art paintings. After World War I, when the appetite for deluxe volumes waned, the artist turned his talents in many new directions, including portraiture, theatrical costume and set design, newspaper caricature, and stamp design. This retrospective of his early works is the only such anthology available, offering a singular tribute to an artist from a halcyon era of art inspired by literature.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486479118
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 6/16/2011
  • Series: Dover Fine Art, History of Art Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 550,295
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illlustrations:

ii. Wake! For the Sun behind yon Eastern height
Has chased the Session of the Stars from Night;
And, to the field of Heav'n ascending, strikes
The Sultán's Turret with a Shaft of Light
The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam, 1909

vii. To —— —— (Mrs. Marie Louise Shew)
The Bells and Other Poems by Edgar Allan Poe, 1912

ix. "Madame s'est piqué le doigt,"
The International Studio, 1908

1905 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
J. M. Dent & Sons, Ltd., London and Toronto
   1. Days of blue sky, placid sunshine.
   2. I now drew near him again.
   3. I gave them all the money I happened to have in my purse.
   4. I sank on the wet doorstep.
   5. Most of the morning was spent in the open air.

1907 Firelight Tales by Z. A. R. Nesbit
Thomas Nelson and Sons, New York
  6. Feeding the Birds
  7. In the Village

1907 Stories from The Arabian Nights, retold by Lawrence Housman
Hodder and Stoughton, London
  8. When having brought into submission all the rest of my race.
  9. He arrived within sight of a palace of shining marble.
  10. The Queen of the Ebony Isles.
  11. Their chief in a low but distinct voice uttered the two words "Open
  12. Having transformed himself by disguise.
  13. Till the tale of her mirror contented her.
  14. Pirouzè, the fairest and most honourably born.
  15. The ship struck upon a rock.
  16. The Princess of Deryabar.

1907 My Days with The Fairies by Mrs. Rodolph Stawell (enlarged from "Fairies I
Have Met")
Hodder and Stoughton, London
  17. "Please," she said, "I want to be a nightingale."
  18. She smiled at him very graciously when he was introduced to her.
  19. Drop-of-Crystal was too busy to speak.
  20. Of course the Dear Princess. . . . wore the great opal on the day that she was married.
  21. The other people in the book looked at her in surprise.

1908 The International Studio, Volume 36
John Lane Company, New York
  22. The Dream Vendor
  23. The Masqueraders
  24. Father Time

1908 Lyrics Pathetic and Humorous from A to Z by Edmund Dulac
Frederick Warne & Co., London and New York
  25. B was a burly burgrave
  26. D was a dignified dame
  27. K was a kind-hearted King
  28. L was a Lorn little lass
  29. N was a neat necromancer
  30. Q was a quaint dainty queen

1908 Shakespeare's Comedy of The Tempest
Hodder and Stoughton, London
  31. Act I, Scene 2. Prospero. What seest thou else / In the dark backward and abysm of time?
  32. Act I, Scene 2. Prospero. A rotten carcass of a butt, not rigg'd, / Nor tackle, sail, nor mast.
  33. Act I, Scene 2. Ariel. Full fathom five thy father lies; / Of his bones are coral made; / Those are
      pearls that were his eyes.
  34. Act III, Scene 1. Ferdinand. Here's my hand.
      Miranda. And mine, with my heart in't.
  35. Act III, Scene 3. Ariel. You are three men of sin.
  36. Act IV, Scene 1. Iris. Thy turfy mountains, where live nibbling sheep.
  37. Act V, Scene 1. Prospero. Ye elves of hills, brooks, standing lakes and
  38. Act V, Scene 1. Prospero. And ye that on the sands with printless foot /
      Do chase the ebbing Neptune.
  39. Act V, Scene 1. Prospero. Graves at my command / Have waked their
  40. Act V, Scene 1. Prospero. Calm seas, auspicious gales, / And sail so

1909 The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam, rendered into English verse by Edward Fitzgerald
Hodder and Stoughton, New York and London
  41. Heav'n but the Vision of fulfill'd Desire,
      And Hell the Shadow of a Soul on fire,
      Cast on the Darkness into which Ourselves,
      So late emerg'd from, shall so soon expire.
  42. With me along the strip of Herbage strown
      That just divides the desert from the sown,
      Where name of Slave and Sultán is forgot—
      And Peace to Máhmúd on his golden Throne!
  43. Here with a little Bread beneath the Bough,
      A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse—and Thou
      Beside me singing in the Wilderness—
      Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!
  44. The Palace that to Heav'n his pillars threw,
      And Kings the forehead on his threshold drew—
      I saw the solitary Ringdove there,
      And "Coo, coo, coo," she cried; and "Coo, coo, coo."
  45. Alike for those who To-day prepare
      And those that after some To-morrow stare,
      A Muezzin from the Tower of Darkness cries,
      "Fools! your Reward is neither Here nor There!"
  46. Earth could not answer: nor the Seas that mourn
      In flowing Purple, of their Lord forlorn;
      Nor Heaven, with those eternal Signs reveal'd
      And hidden by the sleeve of Night and Morn.
  47. Do you, within your little hour of Grace,
      The waving Cypress in your Arms enlace,
      Before the Mother back into her arms
      Fold, and dissolve you in a last embrace.
  48. So when at last the Angel of the drink
      Of Darkness finds you by the river-brink,
      And, proffering his Cup, invites your Soul
      Forth to your Lips to quaff it—do not shrink.
  49. And lately, by the Tavern Door agape,
      Came shining through the Dusk an Angel Shape
      Bearing a Vessel on his Shoulder; and
      He bid me taste of it; and 'twas—the Grape!
  50. Yet Ah, that Spring should vanish with the Rose!
      That Youth's sweet-scented manuscript should close!
      The Nightingale that in the branches sang,
      Ah whence, and whither flown again, who knows?

1910 The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales, retold by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch
Hodder and Stoughton, London
  51. And there, on a bed the curtains of which were drawn wide, he beheld the loveliest vision he had
      ever seen.
  52. Her head nodded with spite and old age together, as she bent over the cradle.
  53. She touched the Princess's tutors and the Court professors in the midst of their deep studies.
  54. The ruddy faces of the switzers told him that they were no worse than asleep.
  55. They overran the house without loss of time.
  56. And there, in a row, hung the bodies of seven dead women.
  57. You shall go in, and take your place among the ladies you saw there!
  58. The unhappy fatima cried up to her:— "Anne, Sister Anne, do you see any one coming?"
  59. They overtook him just as he reached the steps of the main porch.
  60. He had been fasting for more than twenty-four hours, and lost no time in falling to.
  61. She found herself face to face with a stately and beautiful lady.

1911 Stories from Hans Andersen
Hodder and Stoughton, New York and London
  62. Many a winter's night she flies through the streets and peeps in at the windows, and then the ice
      freezes on the panes into wonderful patterns like flowers.
  63. She read all the newspapers in the world, and forgotten them again, so clever is she.
  64. Even Death himself listened to the song and said, " Go on, little nightingale, go on!"
  65. The Fairy dropped her shimmering garment, drew back the branches, and a moment after was
      hidden within their depths.
  66. Once more she looked at the prince, with her eyes already dimmed by death, then dashed
      overboard and fell, her body dissolving into foam.
  67. Waldemar Daa hid it in his bosom, took his staff in his hand, and, with his three daughters, the once
      wealthy gentleman walked out of Borreby Hall for the last time.

1912 The Bells and Other Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
Hodder and Stoughton, New York and London
  68. The Bells
  69. Silence
  70. The Raven
  71. To One in Paradise
  72. Lenore
  73. The Haunted Palace
  74. Eldorado
  75. To the River
  76. Bridal Ballad

1914 Sindbad the Sailor and Other Stories from the Arabian Nights
Hodder and Stoughton, New York and London
  77. The Episode of the Snake
  78. Aladdin and the Efrite
  79. The Lady Bedr-el-Budur at Her Bath
  80. Aladdin Finds the Princess in Africa
  81. The Lady Bedr-el-Budur and the Wicked Magician
  82. The Room of the Fruits Prepared for Abu-l-Hasan

1916 Illustrated London News, April 22, 1916
Delights of Other Days by Edmund Dulac
  83. The Serenade
  84. The Promenade
  85. The Gift
  86. The Love Poem

1916 Edmund Dulac's Fairy Book
Hodder and Stoughton, Ltd., London
  87. The Buried Moon
      In her frantic struggles the hood of her cloak fell back from her dazzling golden hair, and immediately
      the whole place was flooded with light.
  88. The Serpent Prince
      When Grannmia saw her strange lover, she alone remained calm and courageous.
  89. The Blue Bird
      The Prince took a carriage drawn by three great frogs with great big wings. . . Truitonne came out
      mysteriously by a little door.
  90. Bashtchelik (or, Real Steel)
      The Prince, looking out, saw him snatch up the Princess . . . and soar rapidly away.
  91. Bashtchelik (or, Real Steel)
      The Palace of the Dragon King
  92. The Friar and the Boy
      The Friar, bound fast to the post, squirmed and wriggled, showing plainly that he would foot it if he
  93. Urashima Taro
      Urashima was so enchanted that he could not speak a word.
  94. The Fire Bird
      With a scream the Princess rushed forward, and, before her wicked sister could prevent her, she had
      upset the cauldron with a crash.

1918 Tanglewood Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Hodder and Stoughton, New York and London
  95. She shook her hands over the multitude below, as if she were scattering a million curses among
  96. So now the battle was ended. . . . and all the wickedness and the ugliness that infest human life,
      were past and gone for ever.
  97. She scampered across the sand, took an airy leap, and plunged right in among the foaming billows.
  98. They made haste to wallow down upon all fours.
  99. But neither could Pan tell her what had become of Proserpina any better than the rest of these wild
  100. The good Chiron taught his pupils how to play upon the harp.
  101. Jason appointed Tiphys to be helmsman because he was a star-gazer.
  102. He caught one of them by the horn, and the other by his screwed-up tail.

1927 Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
George H. Doran Company, New York
  103. Striking the Jolly Roger
  104. The Jolly Boat's Last Trip
  105. Boarding the Hispaniola
  106. Hand's Death
  107. The Black Spot Again

1929 A Fairy Garland; Being Fairy Tales from the Old French
Charles Scribner's Sons, New York
  108. The Fairy Song
  109. The King and Puss in Boots
  110. Uglinette in the Enchanted Wood
  111. Fortunata and the Hen
  112. Fudge Discovers Mayblossom
  113. The Pursuit

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