Stories from Hans Andersen - Hans Christian Andersen, Edmund Dulac (Illustrator) 1911 - Hodder & Stoughton, London - Edition de Luxe, limited to Seven Hundred and Fifty copies signed by the Artist, and numbered, of which this is No. 686. First Dulac Edition A near fine example of the large [32 x 27.5 cm], sumptuous, vellum-bound, Limited Edition de Luxe, signed and exquisitely illustrated by Edmund Dulac with twenty eight tipped-in colour plates,

Dulac’s mixture of humour, menace, grace and depth of colour blend wonderfully with these seven classic fairy tales by Hans Andersen: -
The Snow Queen; The Nightingale; The Real Princess (Princess and the Pea); The Garden of Paradise; The Mermaid; The Emperor’s New Clothes; The Wind’s Tale.
  Edmund Dulac [1882-1923] is remembered as an eminent artist of the ‘Golden Age of Illustration’ that occurred during the early twentieth century. Born in France, Dulac studied law at the University of Toulouse, but later dropped his law studies in order to pursue his career as an artist. After briefly studying art in Paris at the Académie Julian, Dulac moved to London in 1904 where he was commissioned by J.M. Dent to illustrate the collected works of the Bronte sisters. Some of Dulac’s most famously illustrated books include The Arabian Nights, The Rubáiyat of Omar Khayámm, Sinbad and the Sailor, The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales from the Old French, The Bells and Other Poems by Edgar Allan Poe, and Stories from Hans Christian Andersen. As Dulac continued illustrating, the influence of Orientalism became more pronounced in his work, infusing his palette with brighter coloration; this style won him praise for its exquisite use of detail and hue. After the First World War Dulac found work as a set designer, as well as designing postage stamps, bookplates, and theatre graphics.

Reference: web
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  In publisher’s full white vellum, titled and decorated in gilt to the spine and front boards, top edge gilt, rest untrimmed, gilt pictorial endpapers with peacock pattern.   Condition: Near fine, small library special collections stamp to upper edge of front and rear free endpaper, small number stamp to verso of title page at lower edge, gentle bow to front board, lacking silk ties.   Ref: 106866   Price: HK$ 23,000