Leonard Smithers. London. 1896, 1896.
LIMITED EDITION. 4to (10.3 x 8.1 inches). One of 25 numbered copies printed on Japanese vellum. The title-page is printed in red and black. Illustrated with 7 full page plates and two illustrations within the text by Beardsley. Original publishers pictorial vellum gilt binding with design by Beardsley in gilt. Top edge gilt. Vellum is bowed and has lifted, particularly to about half of the rear board. Edges and the spine a little darkened but the gilt is still strong and bright. One of the great rarities of Beardsley's books. ---- "The Rape of the Lock was praised universally by critics at the turn of the century, after Beardsley was dead. ...a new technical device occurred to the illustrator: he began to use dotted lines in quantity to give stippled effects... In most of them the scenes are treated as pictorial dramas with great restraint: space is understood and implied by the artist's completely personal craft..." (Brian Reade, Beardsley, London: Studio Vista, 1967, p. 18). --- Lasner 105.