This is number 61 of a limited, 1000-copy Hodder & Stoughton 1910 publication, printed by Constable, with thirty full-page Edmund Dulac color illustrations, printed by Henry Stone and Son, of Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch’s rendering into English from Old French of four classic tales: The Sleeping Beauty, Blue Beard, Cinderella & Beauty and the Beast (128 numbered pages). This copy is signed by Dulac on the limitation page.
This copy has been elegantly recovered (app. 10″ x 12.5″) in quarter leather, a light brown spine with four raised bands, gilt lettering in an applied purple square. The gilt and incised decorations to the spine and the marbled boards and leather outside corners, are in fine condition. The interior is near fine, with a very few handling smudges, and one shallow tear to a leaf (the top border of the illustration preceding page 26).
There are no notable stains, no other tears and no creases. The binding is tight, with no loose or missing pages. The gilt page top edges are dulled, but otherwise in good condition. The finely executed renderings of Edmund Dulac’s art are flawless, with no stains or scuffs, mo fade to the color, no creases or like faults. All the tissue guards are in place. The text is clean and unfaded throughout the book, with no notable flaws. There are no stamps or other attachments. There is no writing, nor are there any notations.
There is a single sheet of paper, loosely laid in, advertising a 1910 Dulac art exhibition, and a four-panel promotional piece, also loose, promoting other Hodder & Stoughton projects. These are the only extraneous elements.
The accompanying photos are of this copy and are accurate reflections of the book conditions.
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