DULAC, Edmond (illustrator). La Princesse Badourah, Conte des Mille et Une Nuits.

Paris, L'Edition d'Art. [1914].


4to. Original buff paper wraps over card, prettily decorated in green, white, and gilt, fore- and lower edges untrimmed, preserved in contemporary (and perhaps original) green board slipcase lined with marbled paper; pp. [viii], [5]-114 + [iii], printed throughout on Japon; with decorated title in 2 colours and gilt together with 10 fine, and glorious, coloured plates mounted-at-large behind captioned tissue guards within fine filigree feather borders and crowned by stylised peacocks in yellow gilt; a very nearly fine copy preserved in exceptional external and internal condition with only a tiny nick to heel of spine and the usual, and almost unavoidable, trace of vertical creasing to spine, internally pristine; the slipcase with minor rubbing and one small scuff.

First French limited edition published the year after the U.K. edition. One of only 500 copies on Japanese vellum, signed in ink by Dulac. The French edition is distinguished by additional designs not found in the English language editions including 9 vignettes of a small tree in an urn on pages preceding each chapter; decorated initials at the start of each chapter; 7 tail-pieces of a dragon and swan etc.; and 2 surrounds for letterpress on the limitation and printer's pages.