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Housman, Laurence Stories From The Arabian Nights Retold By Laurence Housman with Illustrations By Edmund Dulac , UK: Hodder and Stoughton For Boots Pure Drug Co. Ltd., 1920.

Illustrated by Edmund Dulac. First Edition Thus. Very Good/Very Good. 4to - over 9" - 12" tall FIRST EDITION Bound in the publishers sumptuos tan cloth binding with the famous smouldering cooking pot to the front board. No date printed as is usual however date is circa 1920. Title lettering to spine and front board is gilt with further black tooling to the edges. All title lettering is definite and legible. The 319 pages are all present and correct, strongly bound and unusually, for such an old volume, there are no inscriptions present. Each of Edmund Dulacs twenty tipped in rich and vibrant illustrations are all in exemplary condition. From the art point of view this is a volume from the era of The Golden Age of Illustrators. Book sits solid and square with all hinges strong. There is light foxing to the edge of pages otherwise interior of book is in lovely, clean condition. A tad of shelfwear to head and heel of spine does not detract from the very presentable condition of the book. Laurence Housman successfully retells these classic tales and Edmund Dulac so creatively provides the visual feast. A highly regarded and sought after alternative to the true first edition published solely by Hodder. Photographs of the book are of course available on request. Housed in the light brown dustwrapper with publishers printed price intact on front inside flap. Light rubbing and wear to the extremities but a very nice example of the scarce surviving dustwrapper. The excellent Edmund Dulac colour tipped on plate to front of dustwrapper remains intact and in very good condition. Dustwrapper now protected in a removable archival booksleeve to preserve its condition. A very nice copy indeed, presented in the scarce dustwrapper. (Book ref. 000689 )  £ 139.50

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