[BEERBOHM, Max] – The Parade. An Illustrated Gift Book for Boys and Girls 1897, edited by Gleeson White. London: H. Henry and Co. Ltd., 1897. 4°. Half title, frontispiece and title printed in orange and black, the title with a border by Aubrey Beardsley, plates and illustrations by Charles Robinson, Laurence Housman, Starr Wood, Paul Woodroffe, Max Beerbohm and others, 2 plates printed in colours. Original red pictorial cloth (stained, corners bumped and frayed, spine faded, lower cover with crease mark). Provenance: R[eginald] T[urner] (ex-libris sticker). FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY TO REGINALD TURNER INSCRIBED BY MAX BEERBOHM ON THE HALF TITLE, following on from the printed words ‘Edited by Gleeson White’, “in a very dull and vulgar manner and given by Max Beerbohm to Mr. R. T. the Onlie Begetter of the only good story it contains and the author of ‘A chef d’Oeuvre’ not less perfect, in the eleventh volume of the Yellow Book – and at this time a sufferer in Brighton”, with an original pen-and-ink and watercolour caricature by Max Beerbohm of Reginald Turner in a bath chair on the promenade at Brighton. It is not quite clear which is the ‘only good story’ which Beerbohm refers to; it may very well be his own, “The Story of the Small Boy and the Barley Sugar.” Reginald Turner (1869-1938), journalist, novelist and close friend of Max Beerbohm’s, is perhaps chiefly remembered now for his loyalty towards Oscar Wilde after his imprisonment and his support for him after his release.
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