The Art of Book Design: Tanglewood Tales

Nathaniel Hawthorne. Tanglewood Tales. Illustrated by Edmund Dulac. London, New York, Toronto; Hodder and Stoughton, 1919

This Fairy Tale Saturday we’re looking at Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Tanglewood Tales again. We’ve already looked at the 1921 edition of the book with artwork by Virginia Sterrett and today we’re looking at an earlier edition with artwork done by Edmund Dulac. Dulac was a master illustrator of books during the art nouveau period and he is considered to be one of the masters of the style.

Jason appointed Tethys to be helmsman because he was a star-gazer. – Frontispiece

She shook her hands over the multitude below – page 24

Just as Theseus was going on board his father bethought himself of one more word to say. – page 32

So now the battle was ended – page 48

They were constantly at war with the Cranes. – page 56

He Scampered across the sand and plunged right in among the foaming billows. – Page 80

Drawing his sword he rushed at the monster. – page 88

Yet it was not so sweet as the song of the syrens. – page 128

They made haste to wallow down on all fours. – page 136

On went the chariot, and King Pluto seemed greatly pleased to find himself once more in his own kingdom. – page 160

But neither could Pan tell her what had become of Proserpina. – Page 168

The good Chiron taught his pupils how to play upon the harp. – Page 200

He caught one of them by the horn and the other by his screwed-up tail. Page 208


  1. DonDueed says

    Page 128…

    Well, the danger on the rocks is surely past,
    Still I remain tied to the mast.
    Could it be that I have found my home at last?

    -- Steely Dan

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