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The Tempest is one of the most frequently illustrated works of William Shakespeare.  Some of the most famous illustrators of the 20th century have produced editions of the book—artists like Arthur Rackham and Paul Woodroffe (whose work we have previously featured here), for example, both famously illustrated the tale.

One particularly lovely set of illustrations for the work comes from Edmund Dulac.  In 1908, he illustrated this deluxe edition of the play in his typical soft, fanciful style.  Dulac was only 26 when this book was released, and his career was just beginning; he would later become famous for his iconic illustrations of fairy tales like Sleeping Beauty and The Little Mermaid.