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Frontispiece from Sindbad the sailor and other stories from the Arabian nights

Frontispiece from Sindbad the sailor and other stories from the Arabian nights

Frontispiece from Edmund Dulac, Sindbad the sailor and other stories from the Arabian nights, London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1918

State Library of Victoria, RAREJF 892.7 AR1D

Edmund Dulac was one of the pre-eminent illustrators of luxury gift books in the early 20th century. A Frenchman but an Anglophile, Dulac discovered the work of English artists such as Aubrey Beardsley and Walter Crane while studying at the École des Beaux-Arts in Toulouse.

In 1904, the year after he graduated, he moved permanently to England. Dulac soon found work as a book illustrator, and in 1907 he was commissioned by Hodder & Stoughton to illustrate its new edition of The Arabian nights. This was soon followed by illustrations for The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám (1909) and Sindbad the sailor (1914), shown here.