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SIX DRAWINGS Illustrating Théophile Gautiers Romance Mademoiselle de Maupin

Beardsley Aubrey

Published by London Leonard Smithers 1898, 1898
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First edition, LIMITED TO ONLY 50 HAND NUMBERED COPIES. Six photogravures "being reproductions of an uncompleted set of illustrations by the late Aubrey Beardsley to Mademoiselle de Maupin". Large Folio [15.3 by 11 inches approx.], loosely contained as issued in the original printed wrapper and portfolio of gray boards with green cloth back and corners, the upper board printed in red and black, with green silk ties. A nice set of this extremely scarce Beardsley item. The plates are all without wear, occasionally a few spots here or there caused by the paper stock, The wrapper is well preserved, the portfolio covers with some general age-wear, having served their purpose well. FIRST EDITION OF THIS EXTREMELY SCARCE SET OF PHOTOGRAVURES PUBLISHED POSTHUMOUSLY OF ARTWORK INTENDED FOR Mademoiselle de Maupin. In the autumn of 1897 Beardsley, increasingly desperate to see another book published similar to THE RAPE OF THE LOCK, set to work on illustrations for 'Mademoiselle de Maupin' with Leonard Smithers' approval. This precipitated something of a crisis in his relationship with the publisher. Smithers simply did not have the money for the project and dragged his heals while Beardsley, hurt by what he saw as a lack of faith by him, became increasingly depressed and began suffering pangs of paranoia over the project. Smithers then accused Beardsley of becoming tired with Maupin, which may have contributed to Beardsley anxiety over money and belief that his friend was not playing fair with him during his illness and planning to take his artwork and sell it for profit after his death. In only a few more months the artist would be dead and the "Maupin" project would never be completed. Bookseller Inventory # 27268

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Title: SIX DRAWINGS Illustrating Théophile Gautiers...

Publisher: London Leonard Smithers 1898

Publication Date: 1898

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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