The Early Work.
With a Prefatory note by H. C. Marillier.London: John Lane, 1899 Stock Code: 149898
First edition, the limited issue, one of 120 copies on Japanese Vellum, of this lavish publication gathering the early works of Aubrey Beardsley, and which was followed by two more volumes, his Late Work (1901) and Uncollected Works (1925). This is a superb copy.
The present work includes 16 of his illustrations and designs for Wilde's Salome (1896), including some that were not used in the original published work, along with many of his cover designs for John Lane's Keynote Series books, and designs for The Yellow Book.
This copy comes from the library of the Edwardian patron of the arts, Eva and Alfred Fowler (1837-1914), with his bookplate to the front pastedown.
Quarto. Publisher's cream buckram lettered and decorated in gilt, top edge gilt, others untrimmed.
Photogravure portrait frontispiece with tissue guard, title within decorative borders, and 155 plates with captioned tissue guards (including 4 in colour).
A hint of wear to corners, spine a little darkened, lightly soiled, rear hinge sometime repaired, slight foxing to endpapers, else internally crisp; a very good copy indeed.
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