PRINCESS BADOURA: A Tale from the Arabian Nights Retold by Laurence Housman: Dulac, illus.] ...

PRINCESS BADOURA: A Tale from the Arabian Nights Retold by Laurence Housman

Dulac, illus.] Houseman Lawrence

Published by London Hodder and Stoughton [1913], 1913
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First edition. With 10 fantastic tipped-in colour plates by Edmund Dulac, each with a captioned and decorated tissue guard, decorated titlepage and with Persian style border to each page of text. 4to, publisher's original white cloth lettered and pictorially decorated in gilt and turquoise on the upper cover and spine, decorative "peacock" endpapers in turquoise. [iv], 113 pp. An unusually well preserved, lovely, bright copy of this elusive book. Some very minimal evidence of age, the plates all very fine, the text very clean. FIRST EDITION AND A BEAUTIFUL COPY OF THIS WONDERFUL BOOK. Dulac's love of the oriental style is never more apparent than in these illustrations, perfectly suited to the story of a Princess of China and the Island Prince. His luxurious use of color and line carries his audience away into the exotic. The book is especially important in Dulacís oeuvre as it marked a change unprecedented for Dulac. "There was now no single position from which an observer could view the entire scene; he must move about within the picture in order to see everything. Dulac began simplifying the elements which make up a picture and turned them into stylized units,.all arranged so as to make up a composition which carried the eye round the painting. To give variety to these compositional units Dulac adopted the Persian emphasis on heavily patterned surfaces, as in an illustration where a robberís baggy trousers, with an elaborate motif, are used as a flat decorative unit that happens to be trouser shaped. The jeweled dots.are now used by Dulac to make deliberate patterns.". Bookseller Inventory # 26777

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Title: PRINCESS BADOURA: A Tale from the Arabian ...

Publisher: London Hodder and Stoughton [1913]

Publication Date: 1913

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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