London: John Lane The Bodley Head Ltd., 1899-1901. Item #03176
'Special Issue' on Japan Vellum of All Three of Aubrey Beardsley's Collected Works
BEARDSLEY, Aubrey. The Early Work of Aubrey Beardsley. With a Prefatory Note by H.C. Marillier. London: John Lane The Bodley Head, 1899.
Special Issue printed on Japan Vellum. [one of 120 copies of which 100 are for sale].
BEARDSLEY, Aubrey. The Later Work of Aubrey Beardsley. London: John Lane The Bodley Head, 1901.
Special Issue printed on Japan Vellum. [one of 120 copies] with the frontispiece, "Madamoiselle de Maulpin," hand-colored, and with the initial letters for Volpone reproduced(original size) in photogravure, not half-tone.
BEARDSLEY, Aubrey. The Uncollected Work of Aubrey Beardsley. With an Introduction by C. Lewis Hind. London: John Lane The Bodley Head Ltd., .
Special Issue printed on Japan vellum limited to 110 copies of which this is number 94. Complete with the six additional drawings only found in the Special Issue.
Three quarto volumes (11 3/16 x 8 11/16 inches; 284 x 221 mm.). Half-titles in each volume. 501 plates (including three frontispieces and six extra plates in the 'Uncollected Works' for this 'Special Issue' edition only).
Publisher's cream cloth with the title stamped on upper covers within an architectural frame in green or gold, top edge gilt, others uncut. Spines very slightly darkened otherwise near fine copies.
"The album [Early Work] consists of drawings from Salomé, The Yellow Book, Keynotes Series, Pall Mall Budget, etc., including some reproduced for the first time. Numerous drawings are erroneously described as being hitherto unpublished."
"The [second - Later Work] album consists of drawings from Mlle. de Maupin, Volpone, The Rape of the Lock, The Savoy, 19 from Le Morte d'Arthur, etc., including some reproduced for the first time. Numerous drawings are erroneously described as being hitherto unpublished."
The [third - Uncollected Work] collection is largely one of very early drawings, many of no interest; facsimiles of letters and various drawings, some hitherto unpublished. Numerous drawings are erroneously described as being hitherto unpublished. The 42 tiny sketches (Nos. 44-47) from a pocket norebook are wrongly attributed to A.B. There is an introduction by C. Lewis Hind." (Gallatin. Aubrey Beardsley. Catalogue of Drawings and Bibliography).
A wonderfully illustrated set, depicting the complete oeuvre of the famed artist of the Aesthetic and Art Nouveau movements.
Aubrey Vincent Beardsley (21 August 1872 – 16 March 1898) was an English illustrator and author. At the age of nineteen he achieved notable and lasting acclaim for his illustrations in the Dent edition of Malory's Le Morte Darthur in 1892. He was a leading figure in the Aesthetic movement which also included Oscar Wilde and James A. McNeill Whistler. In 1894, Beardsley became the art editor of The Yellow Book under the general editorship of Oscar Wilde but with his advancing tuberculosis and Wilde's arrest - that put an end to that satirical periodical. His drawings in black ink, influenced by the style of Japanese woodcuts, emphasized the grotesque, the decadent, and the erotic. Although in increasingly poor health, Beardsley continued to produce illustrations, including those in The Savoy, The Rape of the Lock, and The Lysistrata. Aubrey Beardsley died from tuberculosis at the very young age of 25 on the 16th March, 1898.
Lasner, 133; 136 & 177; Gallatin, pp. 74/75.
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