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(ROLFE, Frederick, Baron Corvo; H. G. Wells; Joseph Pennell; Max Beerbohm et al.)

The Butterfly.

[London, Grant Richards, 1899-1900] Stock Code: 139620
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The complete New Series of the literary magazine The Butterfly. The monthly magazine first appeared in May 1893 and the first series lasted until February 1894. A New Series, published by Grant Richards, was begun in March 1899 and was discontinued after 12 issues in February 1900. The magazine contains writing by Laurence Housman, and illustrations by Max Beerbohm, S. H. Sime, and Joseph Pennell. Volume I includes the first appearance of Baron Corvo's short story "About What is Due to Repentance", printed here at pp. 267-75. The tale was included, notably revised, under the title "About What is Due to Contrition" in In His Own Image (1901), which expands Rolfe's collection of short stories describing the travels of a group of young saints, Stories Toto Told Me (1898), from six to thirty-two. The magazine also includes the first appearance of H. G. Well's "A Vision of Judgement" published anonymously in vol. II at pp. 21- 9. This satirical short story was first published in book form in The Obliterated Man and Other Stories in December 1925.
The New Series of The Butterfly is uncommon, especially so in the original cloth as here. Woolf notes that "the earliest bound copies of the first volume bear the spine imprint: Grant Richards; later bound copies of the first volume, and all copies of the second volume, bear the spine imprint: Idler Office". Both spines in the present set are stamped "Grant Richards" suggesting an early binding variant of volume II missed by Woolf.

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2 volumes, octavo. Original white cloth, titles and art nouveau butterfly design to spines and covers in gilt, yellow coated endpapers, edges speckled red.


Illustrated frontispieces and title pages, and 134 plates by various illustrators.


Cloth lightly soiled, slight rubbing to spine ends and tips, top edges dust toned, contents bright and clean, a very good copy indeed.


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