Monday, June 27, 2011

New Book: An Edmund Dulac Treasury: 116 Color Illustrations

An Edmund Dulac Treasury: 116 Color Illustrations

An Edmund Dulac Treasury: 116 Color Illustrations was released earlier this month and I failed to write about it here. This one offers the broadest range of illustrations by Dulac, many of them not fairy tales, but wonderful all the same. Dulac is one of my favorite illustrators and I was happy to finally use one of his illustrations for the cover of one of my SurLaLune collections. That is his Little Mermaid on the cover of my Mermaid and Other Water Spirit Tales From Around the World.

Jeff A. Menges edited this collection and it is a great slice of Dulac's work. Here's the product description:

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.

Of course, if you are only interested in his fairy tale work, there are also these releases:

Dulac's Fairy Tale Illustrations in Full Color

Stories from Hans Christian Andersen (Calla Editions)

Dulac's Illustrations for Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales: 24 Cards

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