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Leicester Galley Press 1988 First Thus Pictorial boards Fine Fine Jacket 
4to(12” x 9”). pp. 144. Light blue pictorial boards with titles and a colorized photograph of Oscar Wilde on the cover with titles in black on spine white field. Illustrated throughout with contemporary photographs and drawings of Wilde, his friends, lovers, the places he lived and the rich artwork of the Fin de Siècle that were identified with Wilde: the Asthetic Movement and the Decadent Movement. “A very good introduction to the life and times of Oscar Wilde that serves as a digest of many books…Fido’s appreciation of Wilde’s visual background enhances our understanding of his life.” (from the Jacket). A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. 
Price: 11.35 USD
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2 [Beardsley, Aubrey]; Wilde, Oscar SALOMÉ. A TRAGEDY IN ONE ACT: Translated from the French of Oscar Wilde Pictured by Aubrey Beardsley
London Melmoth & Co. 1904 cloth Very good Beardsley, Aubrey 
Pirated edition containing the first appearance of 15 original Beardsley illustrations WITH PLATES for 11 OF THE 16 illustrations FROM THE 1907 LANE ISSUE OF SALOMÉ. Small 4to (8 ½" x 6 ¾"). pp [1 - 10]; 11 - 75; [76 - 77]; [2 blank]. Collated and complete, but plates are not in the order specified on list of illustrations as usual. Limited edition; this copy number 238 of 250 copies printed on handmade paper. Beveled boards in light blue cloth with titles stamped in gilt on the spine. A very good copy with a lightly sunned spine with moderate rubbing to head and tail; minor rubbing to corners and faint soiling to boards. Etched bookplate by Theodore Diedricksen for Donald S. Tuttle on front paste-down. Contemporary advt. tipped in on ffep recto, later catalog entry tipped in on rfep verso. WITH 11 of the 16 original illustrations included in the J. Lane, The Bodley Head 1907 issue of Salomé, including: Woman in the Moon (IV), The Peacock Skirt (V), A Platonic Lament (VIII), Enter Herodias (IX), The Eyes of Herod (X), The Stomach Dance (XI), The Toilette of Salomé I (XII), The Toilette of Salomé II (XIII), Dancer’s Reward (XIV), The Climax (XV) and Cul de Lampe (XVI). The plates are on a light woven paper with age toning along the margin edge, and signs along the left edge where the pages had been tipped into the 1907 Lane issue. Many of the plates show pencil markings following the contours of the drawings; there are light ink marks and smudges scattered on the recto and verso margins. “Woman in the Moon” has erasure marks and redrawing as well as contemporary measurements written in ink on the lower left margin. Overall, the condition of the plates is Very good. Salomé was Oscar Wilde's one act play retelling the biblical story of King Herod's stepdaughter Salomé, who asked for the head of Herod's prisoner, John the Baptist, on a silver platter in exchange for performing an erotic dance for her step-father. Salomé was attracted to John the Baptist, but was angered when he refused to kiss her. Beardsley's drawings for Salomé caused controversy even before they were published by Elkin Mathews and John Lane at the Bodley Head for the first time in 1894. Shocked by and fearing the public's reaction to Beardsley's graphic images of hermaphroditism and frontal nudity in his proposed drawings for Salomé, Lane had Beardsley redraw the title page and "Salomé's Toilette" as well as remove the drawing, "John and Salome", before the book was printed. This 1904 edition of Salomé was pirated by a publisher named Leonard Smithers; "Melmoth & Co." was one of Smithers' many publishing "front" companies. Smithers had been acquainted with Wilde since 1888, and began publishing for both Wilde and Beardsley once Lane dropped them following Wilde’s trial in 1895. Smithers went into bankruptcy in 1900, and started issuing pirated works soon after to keep out of debt. Since Smithers sold the copyright of Beardsley’s drawings for Salomé to John Lane (The Bodley Head), during his Bankruptcy proceedings, Lane was able to have the 1904 Melmoth & Co. run of Salome seized and suppressed (destroyed). Those copies that survived Lane’s purge (including this one) were the first edition (authorized or unauthorized) to contain 15 of the 16 original Beardsley illustrations since the Melmoth 1904 issue preceded the 1907 authorized edition of Salomé from John Lane that also contained Beardsley’s original illustrations. A direct comparison of the 1904 Melmoth issues to the1907 Lane issue shows that the title pages of both Melmoth issues and portfolio do not contain Beardsley's original hermaphroditic title page found in the 1907 John Lane issue. Mason 615; Nelson, Publisher to the Decadents, p.262, p. 274; Delaware Art Museum, Aubrey Beardsley’s illustrations for Oscar Wilde’s Salomé (1.28.15); Arnold, City of Sin (google books; no page given); The Stanford Companion to Victorian Fiction, p. 591. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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New York Illustrated Editions Company ND [1931] Later printing Cloth Very good poor Jacket Beardsley, Aubrey 
8vo (9.5” x 6.5”). pp. [1], [121]; beveled red boards and black spine gilt stamped with titles on spine and Art Deco decorative motif on spine and boards. This reprint of the 1927 John Lane issue includes facsimiles of the original publisher’s binding for Salomé, the playbill cast lists for the first English performance of in May,1905 and the first operatic performance in December, 1905. See Navarre 234 and Daalder 2004. A very good copy with light toning to edges and light rubbing to one corner in a carefully preserved dust jacket that is missing rear cover and flap. Aubrey Beardsley’s decadent Art Nouveau masterpiece contains 16 illustrations that include characterizations of Wilde as the Moon (Boyd, 2008). This is the 1912 translation of the play (considered the best) by Robert Ross, Wilde’s friend, purported lover and literary executor. 
Price: 22.50 USD
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