Lot 18
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BEARDSLEY, A. --THE SAVOY, ALL 8 ISSUES, IN 3 VOLUMES, BLUE CLOTH

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500 - 700 GBP
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Description

  • Beardsley, Aubrey--Wilde, Oscar
  • The Savoy. London: Leonard Smithers,  January - December 1896
  • paper
4to, Nos. 1-8 [all published], collected issue in 3 volumes, edited by Arthur Symons, illustrations by Beardsley (including Christmas card tipped-in at the beginning of first issue), Whistler, Beerbohm, Shannon, Pennell, and others; literary contributions by Yeats, Conrad, Shaw, Gosse, Dowson, Moore, Verlaine, and others, original pictorial and illustrated violet cloth gilt with designs by Beardsdley, earliest binding variant with "Leonard Smithers | 1896" at foot of spines, original wrappers with Beardsley illustrations, joints cracking, neat repairs or restoration to cloth on spines, some leaves slightly browned at margins 

Provenance

Robert Booth, bookplate

Literature

Lasner 103 (Collected issue)

Catalogue Note

A NEAR FINE SET OF THE FIRST COLLECTED ISSUE OF THIS KEY 1890s PERIODICAL.

The parts-issue of The Savoy appeared in wrappers in eight numbers between January and December 1896, in editions varying between 1,500 and 3,000 copies. This collected issue, in cloth bindings in three volumes, was published in late November or early December 1896. Among its many significant contents are eight first printings of poems by W.B. Yeats. The editor Arthur Symons enlisted the controversial illustrator Beardsley from the start (Beardsley had recently been fired from The Yellow Book at the time of the Oscar Wilde trials as a result of his provocative illustrations for Salome).

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