The Dreamer of Dreams (1915)

Illustrated by Edmund Dulac



On the left, we show a rare copy of the Queen of Roumania's

The Dreamer of Dreams produced by Hodder & Stoughton

(London) in 1915.


This copy shows the original decoratively blue- and

gilt-stamped grey cloth cover.








To the right, we show the decorative

Title Page prepared by Dulac.



The Dreamer of Dreams is a wonderful work of fantasy composed by Marie Alexandra Victoria (formerly Princess Marie of

Edinburgh), the then-Queen of Roumania.


It tells the tale of wanderings of Eric Gundian - an artist to the Court of the great Northern King, Wanda - after he has been

enchanted by a dream. The onset of Eric's enchantment is described thus:


The sound of his voice was like spring birds singing of love in green-clad forests, and

when the sun shone on his head it was like the haze of a summer's evening over a

ripe cornfield. In his eyes slumbered the beautiful peace of mountain lakes, and in his

heart there lived the simple trust of a pure soul ... and now Eric Gundian, Eric of the

golden locks, Eric the fairy-fingered, Eric the sweet-voiced had lost his wits!


One morning he awoke, and no one could understand the meaning of his talk; he

declared he had had a dream, and in his dream he had seen two eyes, the eyes he

needed for the completing of his picture; and without these eyes he never again could

touch either colour or brush. King Wanda had called for him to be brought before

his presence, but Eric had sullenly refused to answer his command.


At first King Wanda had been furiously angry, but then he remembered Eric's

wonderful art, and had deigned to go out to where his favourite sat on the cool

marble steps, that led down to the lake, before the King's white palace of beauty.


Eric had risen before the crowned figure that bent towards him a stern face of

inquiry, but to all the King's questions, to hall his persuasions, flatteries, threats, and

entreaties Eric had replied with a sad gesture of resignation, that never again could he

take up his brush till he had found those eyes which had haunted his dream. His pain

and his despair were so evident, that King Wanda felt that no words had force to

move the distracted young man. Sadly he departed, and mounted one by one the

shallow marble steps which reflected in glowing colours the costly clothes that he

wore. Once more he turned and looked down upon his favourite, who sat, his head

in his hands, gazing across the sparkling lake; he heaved a deep sigh and felt like

quarrelling with Fate who had despoiled him of one of his great joys.


Through the course of his wanderings, Eric finds his enchantress - Stella - only to lose her in the moment of their first

passionate embrace. Heartbroken, but still enchanted, Eric returns to the Court of King Wanda to finalise his

masterpiece with his own final breath. Miracles follow and Stella's final resting place becomes venerated as Holy Ground.


Dulac's illustrations for The Dreamer of Dreams are a superb accompaniment to the spiritual fantasy explored throughout

this wonderful story.



Our Greeting Cards and Reproduction Prints



For connoisseurs of Dulac's work, we have prepared sets of 6 Greeting Cards displaying each of his colour images for The Dreamer of Dreams and on the left, we show an example of how these Greeting Cards appear.







Code: ED DD CS(6)
Price: US$30.00


When presented on Greeting Cards, these images are prepared as tipped-in plates - in hommage to the hand-crafted

approach typical of prestige illustrated publications produced in the early decades of the 20th Century. Each card is

hand-finished and and the images are presented on Ivory card stock with an accompanying envelope. The rear of each

card carries information about Edmund Dulac, this wonderful suite and the profiled illustration - we have left the interior

of the cards blank so that you may write your own personal message.


Should you wish to order a Reproduction Print of one or more of these images, we have provided some options below.

Each of these large format prints is also accompanied by information about Edmund Dulac, this suite and the profiled



To purchase, simply click on the appropriate "Add to Cart" button and you will be taken through to our Shopping Cart

secured through PayPal. Multiple purchases will be consolidated by that feature and shipping and handling costs to any

destination in the world are accommodated by our flat-rate fee of US$20 for every US$200 worth of purchases.


Of course, should you wish to discuss some customised options, we welcome your contact on any matter through


In the meantime, enjoy perusing these wonderful images from Edmund Dulac.



The colour illustrations


Everything about her was white,

glistening and shining




Eric lay now, stretched at the feet of

the woman he could not leave

A circle of mist seemed to be

settling around them

It was the miraculous bubbles

Reproduction on 12x18" sheet

Code: ED DD 1 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00



Reproduction on 12x18" sheet

Code: ED DD 2 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00



Reproduction on 12x18" sheet

Code: ED DD 3 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00



Reproduction on 12x18" sheet

Code: ED DD 4 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00




And there, leaning against a moss-grown

crumbling tree, was a Spirit-like Being

out of another World!



King Wanda sat upon his marble terrace

basking in the first warmth of the season


Reproduction on 12x18" sheet

Code: ED DD 5 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00



Reproduction on 12x18" sheet

Code: ED DD 6 (12x18)
Price: US$60.00