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Fi r s t s 2021

Illustrated Books & Private Press

DULAC’S FIRST MAJOR COMMISSION 78. DULAC, Edmund STORIES FROM THE ARABIAN NIGHTS Retold by Laurence Housman Hodder, 1907. First Dulac edition, Edition de Luxe. Number 188 of 350 deluxe copies signed by Edmund Dulac. Dulac’s first commission for a Christmas Gift book, uncommon in nice condition. £2,750 EDITION DE LUXE, UNCOMMONLY FINE 79. DULAC, Edmund THE SLEEPING BEAUTY Hodder, 1910. First edition, number 571 of 1000 copies in the Edition de Luxe. Signed by Edmund Dulac. Large 4to. The original publisher’s full red/brown crushed morocco binding decorated in gilt. Top edge gilt and others untrimmed. A bright near fine copy. All 1000 copies of this book sold out as soon as they went on sale at the price of two guineas. The publishers advertised the book as “the most beautiful book ever published at a popular price”. £3,000 FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION, SIGNED BY HARDY 80. HARDY, Thomas TESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES A Pure Woman Macmillan, 1926. First illustrated edition, limited to 325 copies on large hand - made paper, signed by Hardy. Original publisher’s quarter vellum over marbled boards, with the rare buff dustwrapper, printed in navy. A beautifully bound, printed and illustrated edition of Hardy’s great novel, issued two year’s after its stage debut. £4,500 INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR 81. HARRISON, Florence IN THE FAIRY RING Written and Drawn by Florence Harrison. Blackie, 1908. First edition. Inscribed on the verso free endpaper, “In grateful remembrance from Florence Harrison, Xmas.”It is extremely uncommon to find presentation copies of Harrison’s already scarce books. £3,000

A FINE COPY 75. [ASHENDENE PRESS] THE WISDOM OF JESUS, THE SON OF SIRACH, COMMONLLY CALLED ECCLESIASTI- CUS Ashendene Press, 1932. One of 328 copies on paper. 4to. Printed in red and black with hand-painted initials in blue and green. In the original or- ange-vellum, bound by Douglas Cockerell at the W. H. Smith Bindery. An uncommonly fine copy. ‘In my humble judge - ment it is one of the most satisfactory of the books of the Press’ (Hornby 38). £4,500 COLOURED BY CARDEW, WOMEN’S GUILD BINDING 76. CARDEW, Gloria; [GUILD OF WOMEN BOOKBINDERS] A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Dent, 1895 . First edition illustrated by Anning Bell. One of a very small number of copies hand coloured by Gloria Cardew with her label to an initial blank. Bound for the Guild of Women Book - binders, probably by Annie S. Macdonald, in characteristic moulded goatskin, depicting “Puck Fleeing from the Dawn”, after a painting of the same name by David Scott. An exceptional combination of Arts & Crafts binding and fine hand colouring with one of Shakespeare’s most enduring works. £7,500 IN ORIGINAL PUBLISHER’S BOX 77. DETMOLD, E.J. THE ARABIAN NIGHTS Hodder, [1924]. First edition illustrated by Detmold. This copy protected by the original publisher’s card box, with a printed colour plate on the upper cover. The colours used in the illustrations are rich and vibrant, perfectly reflecting the jungle scenes and ex - otic nature of the tales. £1,950


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