Ali Baba and Other Stories from the Arabian Nights – Edmund Dulac (1911)


Ali Baba and Other Stories from the Arabian Nights – Edmund Dulac (1911)


A smaller version Dulac’s books, in near fine condition, with 12 tipped-in colour plates.

Title: Ali Baba and Other Stories from the Arabian Nights

Author: Laurence Housman, Edmund Dulac (illus)

Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton, 1911.

Condition: A smaller, thinner selection from Dulac’s Arabian Nights, measuring about 7.5″x5.5″. With 12-tipped in colour plates. Hardcover, decorative cloth, with an embossed cover showing a man leading a camel. In extraordinarily good condition (the best of all the Dulac books we’ve come across). Covers bright with only very tiny rubbing and bumping to corners and edges. Inscription to ffep, and tanned ffep & half title page. A blind-embossed previous owner’s stamp to the bottom right of title page and content’s page, not very noticeable. The hinge on Plate 4 seems to be cracked, but the binding is very tight, and the text very clean, and the book looks unread. All plates and their tissue guards in fine condition, without creasing. About 100 pages.

Contains the stories:

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

The Story of the Wicked Half-Brothers

The Story of the Princess of Deryarbar

Edmund Dulac (born Edmond Dulac; October 22, 1882 – May 25, 1953) was a French-born, British naturalised magazine illustrator, book illustrator and stamp designer. Born in Toulouse he studied law but later turned to the study of art the École des Beaux-Arts. He moved to London early in the 20th century and in 1905 received his first commission to illustrate the novels of the Brontë Sisters. During World War I, Dulac produced relief books and when after the war the deluxe children’s book market shrank he turned to magazine illustrations among other ventures. He designed banknotes during World War II and postage stamps, most notably those that heralded the beginning of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.