Stories from the Arabian Nights – Illustrated by Edmund Dulac
First published in 1911, Stories from the Arabian Nights is a fantastic volume of re-tellings of stories from One Thousand and One Nights. A collection of South Asian and Middle Eastern folk tales compiled during the Islamic Golden Age. These tales are here retold by the English writer, Laurence Housman with beautiful illustrations by Edmund Dulac. This timeless collection makes for perfect bedtime reading and is worthy of a place on any bookshelf.
Stories include ‘Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves’, ‘The Story of the Wicked Half-Brothers’, ‘The Story of the Princess of Deryabar’, ‘The Story of the Magic Horse’, ‘The Fisherman and The Genie’ and ‘The Story of The King of the Ebony Isles’.
Edmund Dulac (1882 – 1953) was a French-born British illustrator and stamp designer. He was born in Toulouse and studied law there, but later, realising that his true passion was illustration, studied art the École des Beaux-Arts. Having moved to London in the early 20th century, Dulac received his first commission to illustrate the novels of the Brontë Sisters in 1905. During the First World War, he illustrated relief books; and after the war, when children’s books were in low demand, he began illustrating magazines. Other notable works containing Dulac’s illustrations include: “The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales” (1910), “Stories from Hans Christian Andersen” (1911), and “The Bells and Other Poems by Edgar Allan Poe” (1912).