First edition, LIMITED TO ONLY 120 HAND-NUMBERED SETS. Proof Copies of the Plates. Five plates by Aubrey Beardsley "to free in design for general circulation" printed on Japan vellum. Foolscap folio, loose as issued, now housed in a fine portfolio of linen backed handmade paper covered board chemise in a handsome white alum-backed slipcase of plum paper-covered boards, the spine with burgundy morocco label lettered and trimmed in ornate gilt. Title-leaf, contents leaf, five plates, colophon leaf. A very fine copy, beautifully preserved. VERY SCARCE COLLECTION OF FIVE PUBLISHED ILLUSTRATIONS CONSIDERED TOO RISQUÉ FOR GENERAL PUBLICATION, three illustrating Juvenal's "Sixth Satire," and two prepared for Lucian's "True History". "This issue contains five exceedingly brilliant Drawings by the late Aubrey Beardsley which have been regarded as too free in design for general circulation. Three of these illustrate THE SIXTH SATIRE OF JUVENAL (the Satire against Woman), and the remaining two designs were intended for LUCIAN'S TRUE HISTORY issued about twelve years ago, but were never included in the volume. These Drawings are printed from the original blocks, and as only a few engraver's proofs have previously been pulled, the impressions are perfectly clear, and may be regarded (considering the few copies now printed) as Proofs." - Colophon. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: AUBREY BEARDSLEY An Issue of Five Drawings ...
Publisher: London [Leonard Smithers] 1906
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