Fantasy and Dulac. Watercolor Miniatures by Gordon Murray after Edmund Dulac, 1882-1953
by Gordon Murray (1921-2016)
Bexhill-on-Sea, UK:: Silver Thimble Books,, 1989. First Edition. Hardcover. Like New/Like New. Gordon Murray. UNIQUE, LIMITED EDITION of 1 copy. Designed, illustrated, and published by Gordon Murray, the text is original calligraphy with original watercolors interpreting the work of Edmund Dulac, including "The Snow Queen" of Hans Christian Anderson, "The Little Mermaid" (Anderson), and 8 others. Miniature Book. 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches. Unpaginated.  pp. Accordion fold structure, 10 double-page watercolor illustrations numbered by the artist in pencil, calligraphic text; text clean, unmarked. Navy cloth over boards with window in the front cover revealing a watercolor illustration, clear plastic dust-jacket, hand-tinted end-papers; binding square and tight. Black-paper-covered slip case with silk pull, printed paper label on side; light shelf wear. SIGNED AND NUMBERED by Gordon Murray on the colophon. Fine. Gordon Murray was a British television producer and puppeteer. He wrote and produced some of the most popular children's television programs aired in the United Kingdom. After retiring from television in 1982, Gordon produced and distributed more than sixty limited-edition miniature books under the Silver Thimble Books imprint. Bound entirely by hand, they contained watercolor paintings, special covers and bindings, and slip cases. After 1987, Murray began to tire of the run sizes and the amount of work involved in printing letter press, and began to emphasize hand-made editions, including original handwritten texts accompanied by original watercolor illustrations. Gordon Murray's miniature books are some of the best artist's miniature books of the twentieth century. (Inventory #: CGSZ816-008)
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