London: Elkin Matthews and John Lane, 1894. Item #04684
An Exceptionally Rare Example with the Addition of all Three of the Suppressed Plates bound in
WILDE, Oscar. BEARDSLEY, Aubrey, illustrator. Salomé. A Tragedy in One Act. Translated from the French of Oscar Wilde [by Lord Alfred Douglas]: Pictured by Aubrey Beardsley. London: Elkin Matthews & John Lane, Boston: Copeland & Day, 1894.
First English and First Illustrated Edition. One of 100 large paper copies printed on Japanese Vellum.
Small quarto (8 1/2 x 6 5/8 inches; 216 x 168 mm.). [i, half-title], [ii, limitation], [iii, title], [iv, blank], [v, dedication], [vi, blank], [vii, dramatis personae], [viii, blank], ix, pictorial list of the [ten] plates, [x, blank], 66, , [68, imprint] pp. Title-page, list of plates with large pictorial borders, page  with a fine pictorial tail-piece (Burial of Salomé), and ten plates after Beardsley, all printed on Japanese vellum.
An exceptionally rare example with the addition of all three of the suppressed plates bound in.
We have been unable to locate any other examples with all three of these plates.
Specially bound for Dr. Charles Carpenter, ca. 1925 by [Rivière] for Hatchards, Piccadilly in full white vellum, front and rear covers bordered and decorated in gilt with the original Beardsley designs (from the blue/green silk binding), smooth spine vertically ruled and decorated in gilt, two gray morocco gilt lettered spine labels, decorative gilt board edges, gray marbled end-papers, top edge gilt, others uncut. A wonderful and totally appropriate binding - in our opinion far better than the usual blue/green silken cloth which is almost invariably darkened and frayed or faded and frayed. Bound without the sixteen page publisher's catalogue at end. With the armorial bookplate of Dr. Charles Carpenter (by W.D.P. 1925) inserted as a front blank (Japanese Vellum) leaf.
A wonderful example of a book almost impossible to find with all three of the suppressed plates. One, 'John and Salome' was replaced in the published version by 'The Black Cape'; the other two are earlier versions of 'Enter Herodias' and 'Toilette of Salome', both of which were considered too risqué for publication and were altered. Wilde had commissioned Beardsley to illustrate the book but was shocked by the results, feeling that the images overpowered his text. Beardsley mocked Wilde in his illustrations, depicting him as the 'Woman in the Moon' and as a jester in 'Enter Herodias'.
“This was not only the first edition with Beardsley’s drawings but also the first English edition, the first illustrated edition, and the first edition in English—Salomé having appeared in French a year earlier almost to the day” (Lasner).
1. The Woman in the Moon (frontispiece)
2. Title-Page Design
3. Design on 'List of the Pictures'
4. The Peacock Skirt (facing p.2)
5*John and Salomé (facing p.2) suppressed illustration
6. The Black Cape (facing p. 8)
7. A Platonic Lament (facing p. 16)
8. Enter Herodias (facing p. 24)
9**Enter Herodias (facing p. 24) supressed version
10. The Eyes of Herod (facing p. 32)
11. The Stomach Dance (facing p. 40)
12. The Toilet of Salomé (facing p. 48)
13***The Toilet of Salomé (facing p. 48) supressed version
14 The Dancer's Reward (facing p. 56)
15. The Climax (facing p. 64)
17. Cul de Lampe. Burial of Salomé (on page )
Mason, 351; Gallatin, p. 46; Warrack & Perkins catalog sixty, #31 (1995); Wilson, pp. 10-11 & plates 13-21; Walker, p. 11.