"I suppose you've heard all about the Salomé Row. I can tell you I had a warm time of it between Lane and Oscar and Co. For one week the number of telegraph and messenger boys who came to the door was simply scandalous. I really don't quite know how the matter really stands now... I have withdrawn three of the illustrations and supplied their places with three new ones (simply beautiful and quite irrelevant)." [letter by Beardsley to Robert Ross, Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde, p.574)]
Wilde loved Beardsley's illustrations but disliked the binding, preserved in the present copy beneath a later matching vellum binding by Riviere and son.
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