London: John Lane The Bodley Head, 1920. 3rd Printing. Cloth. First published, March 1899; reprinted, October 1911, May 1920. Two uniform octavo volumes (29 x 22cm), The Early Work:15 pp, 157 plates (including port. frontis and tp). The Later Work: (18pp) unpaginated, 174 plates (including port. frontis and tp). Blue cloth covers with classical design in dark blue on top board, spine and back board, design repeated in dark blue on brown paper dust jackets.
Corners of both volumes slightly bumped, head and foot of spines pushed. The Early Work: Spot at foot of spine 4mm in diameter, spray of spots across back board; endpapers toned and lightly foxed, port. frontis partially detached, all plates present but many detached. The dustjacket is generally edge-worn and has a chip lifted from top edge, white mark to the right of the design on back of jacket and a Book Lovers' Library Melbourne sticker on the spine. The Later Work: lower right corner of top board lightly marked, endpapers tanned and foxed, all plates present but many detached, slight wrinkling of last 16 plates consistent with contact with water. Front of dustjacket has a horizontal mark across the top fifth, generally edgeworn and a Book Lovers' Library Melbourne sticker on the spine. Both jackets are tending towards brittle. Now protected by mylar. Fair. Item #744
Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898) was an English author whose work was striking in its emphasis on the grotesque and erotic. His style was influenced by Japanese woodblock prints of the Meiji era and he in turn became an influencer of the Art Nouveau movement. His was a short and intensely creative life, leading to Marillier's observation that he was "...a butterfy who played at being serious, and yet a busy worker who played at being a butterfly." (from the prefatory note). A complete set. Sadly the binder's glue has perished resulting in both volumes being largely disbound.