DULAC, Edmund (illustrator). Laurence HOUSMAN (editor). Stories From The Arabian Nights. London, Hodder and Stoughton Publishers. Circa 1907.
4to. Original russet-brown cloth decorated in blue and gilt to both spine and upper cover, plain edges; pp. [ii], iii-xvi + 132 + [i]; with decorated title in black and orange and a total of 50 fine coloured plates mounted-at-large on ivory-coloured stock, behind captioned tissue-guards; a very good, and bright, copy with very minor rubbing to upper forecorners and a tiny and insignificant mark to lower cover, with some light brown speckling to edges of book block; internally very fresh, unmarked, and uninscribed, witih all plates and guards fine.
Very early edition illustrated by Dulac, and frequently described as the best trade edition, being the first to present the mounted coloured plates throughout the text rather than bound as a block of plates at the rear as in the first Dulac edition of 1907. This particular edition is sometimes described as a large-paper copy, being slightly larger in its dimensions than the first iteration.
Stories from The Arabian Nights was Dulac's first major book commission and is one of the most popular visual interpretations of this classic collection of Middle-Eastern folk tales which were written in Arabic and gathered over many centuries from ancient and medieval sources.