Dulac, Edmund. Hard Cover. London: Ernest Benn Limited, 1927. Near Fine.
Illustrated by Edmund Dulac. First trade edition thus. Finely bound in modern three-quarter maroon calf and maroon cloth boards, five raised bands to spine, stamped and lettered in gilt, top edge gilt. About fine with a few spots scattered throughout, else fine. First published in 1883, Treasure Island is a pirate adventure story narrated by Jim Hawkins, a young innkeeper who is swept up in a struggle for a treasure map when pirates ransack his inn, finding himself on a ship with Long John Silver and other deckhands. Notably, the novel is credited with helping to establish some of the modern pirate tropes that are still prevalent today, like the treasure map marked with an X, and the one-legged man with a parrot companion. Treasure Island is the basis for numerous adaptations, including more than seventy film, television, and stage productions. Edmund Dulac (1882-1953) was a French-British illustrator known for his illustrations in children's gift books in the early 20th century. His career in book illustration began in 1905 when he was commissioned by Hodder & Stoughton to illustrate a deluxe edition of Jane Eyre, and he went on to illustrate numerous other children's books. Despite a decline in popularity of illustrated gift books that began in 1913, Dulac continued working as an illustrator. Treasure Island was one of his last publications.