With an Introduction by Richard Le Gallienne.London, Keller-Farmer Co., 1907 Stock Code: 138602
NotesThe Uniform edition, normally bound in cloth and limited to 800 sets, within which is the Florentine edition in deluxe binding, of which this is number 75 of 450 copies only. Of particular note are the four illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley for Salomé. In 1894, Beardsley designed and submitted several illustrations for the British edition of Salomé. Wilde approved of Beardsley's explicit and macabre style, but many of his designs were rejected on the basis that they were too erotic to publish and were either replaced or omitted altogether. The British Library quotes critic Peter Raby, "Beardsley gave the text its first true public and modern performance, placing it firmly within the 1890s a disturbing framework for the dark elements of cruelty and eroticism, and of the deliberate ambiguity and blurring of gender, which he released from Wilde's play as though he were opening Pandora's box."
15 volumes, octavo (211 x 140 mm). Contemporary black half hard-grain morocco, gilt titles and designs direct to spine, raised bands, marbled sides and endpapers, top edges gilt, others untrimmed.
Decorative limitation page in colour with highlights in gilt to each volume, frontispieces with tissue guards, decorative title pages, 57 plates by various artists including Aubrey Beardsley and Albert Hencke, with tissue guards captioned in red.
Spines faded to brown, a few small chips to spine ends, some tips and extremities rubbed and lightly worn, a few light scuff marks to sides, else internally clean and presenting well. A very good set.
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