The Pageant.London: Henry & Co., 1896-7 Stock Code: 140450
First editions, first impressions. All published of a typically unfeasible 1890s venture, an artistic and literary collaboration between the "Rhymers' Club" decadents and the pre-Raphaelite aesthetes, and others, including work by Max Beerbohm, Robert Bridges, Edward Burne Jones, Charles Conder, Walter Crane, Austin Dobson, Ernest Dowson, Richard Garnett, Maeterlinck, John Everett Millais, T. Sturge Moore, Gustave Moreau, D. G. Rossetti, Swinburne, Verlaine, James Whistler, W. B. Yeats and many more.
Gleeson White, the literary editor of the piece, was an English writer on art best remembered as the first editor of The Studio. Shannon, the art editor, was a painter and lithographer from Lincolnshire. He and Ricketts enjoyed "a lifelong friendship, which was strengthened by their uncommon artistic idealism and their interests in literature, the Pre-Raphaelites, and French symbolism William Rothenstein remembered that the artists' partnership in the nineties 'seemed perfect; each set off the other in looks as in mind' They were believed by some to have been lovers, but there is no conclusive evidence about this" (ODNB).
2 volumes, large quarto. Original pink cloth, titles gilt to spines, titles and dove vignettes by Charles Ricketts to front boards gilt, partly unopened, fore- and bottom edges untrimmed, patterned endpapers designed by Lucien Pissarro.
Woodcut title page to volume I by Selwyn Image, both volumes profusely illustrated with half-tone and colour plates and vignettes, some tinted blue or brown, woodcut figurative initials throughout.
Book labels of Albert Sperisen, collector and librarian of the Book Club of California from 1950 to 1999, to front pastedowns. Corners gently bumped, a touch rubbed, the bindings otherwise bright and firm, very occasional faint foxing, else internally clean. A very good set indeed.
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