London, South Kensington
2 June 2008
BEARDSLEY, Aubrey (1872-98). A Book of Fifty Drawings ... with an Iconography by Aymer Vallance. London: Leonard Smithers, 1897. 4° (280 x 220mm). Half title, half tone portrait, 50 plates by Aubrey Beardsley, all but one on Japon paper, tail-piece (first plate on paper spotted, occasional very light mainly marginal spotting and staining). Original red pictorial cloth gilt, top edges gilt, others uncut (some staining, extremities lightly rubbed, spine discoloured). Provenance: EDWARD FREDERIC BENSON (bookplate). FIRST EDITION, LIMITED TO 500 COPIES, ordinary issue. Beardsley 567; Lasner 112: "... five [drawings] published for the first time including the tail-piece (a silhouette self-portrait) ..."
With Alexander Pope's The Rape of the Lock (London, 1896, illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley, original blue cloth gilt). (2)
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