London: Hodder and Stoughton, . First trade edition. Hardcover. Large quarto (11 1/4 x 9"). XXIV, 143, pp. Original illustrated dust-jacket over gilt-stamped blue cloth, with gold lettering to spine and front cover. Illustrated half-title. Tissue-guarded tipped-in frontispiece. Red- and black-lettered title page within decorative frame.
This splendid illustrated edition of William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" is magnificently illustrated throughout with 40 tissue-guarded tipped-in color plates by renown French-born artist Edmund (Edmond) Dulac (1882-1953).
Dulac's style shows some obvious influence of Arthur Rackham, "an influence that eventually traveled both ways, as the two artists were probably influenced by Swedish illustrator John Bauer.
However, unlike Rackham, who was making a transition from the old color process , in which a black ink line was needed to “hold” the color and hide the effects of misregistration of the color plates, Dulac started with the new, more accurate process which allowed him to work without the ink lines, which he did for many of his early works, working largely in watercolor and gouache. He eventually came to use outlines more as a nod to the expectations of the market than a technical limitation." (For more information, see: Charley Parker's "Lines and Colors: Notes and Comments on visual Art").
Sporadic tiny chipping and creaseing along edges of dust-jacket. Binding slightly rubbed along edges. Paper edges foxed. Some foxing and offsetting to very first and very last leaves. Dust-jacket and binding in overall good+ to very good, interior in good to very good condition. g to vg. Item #42069