Limited Editions Club - Salome, by Oscar Wilde.


Limited Editions Club - Salome, by Oscar Wilde.

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Salome: Drame en un Acte. Illustrations par Andre Derain. [With:] Salome: A Tragedy in One Act. Translated from the French of Oscar Wilde, by Lord Alfred Douglas and illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley, with a new introduction by Holbrook Jackson. Two vols, crown 4to, 28cm, 72 & 107p, Imprime a Paris pour les Membres de The Limited Editions Club and The fanfare Press, London, 1938.

Number 574 of 1500 copies the French edition printed in Peignot type in brown and black by Dehon et Cie on Arches paper and signed by the artist. 10 inserted full-page gouache drawings on black paper. The English edition with 12 full-page illustrations (and title-pages) after Aubrey Beardsley. Black paper wrappers printed in colours and orange cloth titled and stamped in gilt. A little wear to extremities of slipcase, but generally very nice and fresh.

George Macy remarked of this book: "The illustrations which Andre Derain made for the French volume of Salome are the gayest and most delightful illustrations ever made for a book. This is not my dictum, I am quoting Frank Crowninshield; but I agree."

This book was the first to be set in the Peignot type, designed by A.M.Cassandre. Andre Derain's gouache drawings were reproduced through Jean Saude's pochoir process, a form of stencilling in which the colours are applied with a stiff brush through thin metal stencils. (PMM 182)

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