Fairy Tales of the Allied Nations – Illustrated by Edmund Dulac
Fairy Tales of the Allied Nations is stunning work, produced in the midst of the First World War, by a true genius of illustration. It was originally published in 1916, and contains a collection of folk and fairy tales from Belgium, France, England, Japan, Italy, and Serbia. It contains ‘The Buried Moon’ (An English Fairy Tale), ‘The Serpent Prince’ (An Italian Fairy Tale), ‘Ivy and the Chestnut Horse’ (A Russian Fairy Tale), ‘The Hind of the Wood’ (A French Fairy Tale), ‘The Story of the Bird Feng’ (A Chinese Fairy Tale), and more.
Dulac was a French-born, British naturalised magazine illustrator, book illustrator and stamp designer, who despite his increasing years, wished to help the war effort in any way he could. The drawings of Fairy Tales of the Allied Nations are delicately drawn, notable for their classic fairy tale charms and Japanese stylistic influence. The skilfully coloured images further refine the enchantingly simple story telling – all presented together in this text. It is a book to be enjoyed by both young and old; a beautiful object, produced at a time of great peril.