Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp, in Rhyme (Calla Editions) is another new release in Dover's Calla Editions line. This one is by Arthur Ransome and illustrated by Thomas Mackenzie. I'm not as familiar with this book but I have been charmed with what I have seen. Arthur Ransome was a literary rock star in his day. Mackenzie is not as well known as his contemporaries. His work for this book is beautiful and comparable to Edmund Dulac and Kay Nielsen.
From the elegant typography and silhouetted endpapers to the twelve color plates and the addition of myriad decorative elements — ornamental heads, initials, silhouettes, partial borders, and much more — this hardcover edition is a unique presentation and a design triumph. Ransome's charming verse rendering, combined with Mackenzie's superb achievement, brings the tale of Aladdin to life in a new idiom.