Lot 9 of 366:
Beardsley's Books of Fifty Drawings - Martin Secker's copy  

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A Book of Fifty Drawings [and] A Second Book of Fifty Drawings - from the library of Martin Secker

Beardsley, Aubrey


Leonard Smithers

1897, 1899


2 volumes. Each with portrait frontispieces, 50 illustrated plates. (4to), original red cloth decorated in gilt, top edges gilt. First Editions. Includes:

  • A Book of Fifty Drawings. [6], 212 pp. With an iconography by Aymer Vallance. Light wear and soiling to cloth with light rubbing to extremities, some creasing to cloth on front board; heavy foxing to endpapers, foxing to initial pages, affecting first plate. One of 500 copies. 1897.
  • A Second Book of Fifty Drawings. 209 + [2] ad pp. A bit of bubbling to cloth, rubbing to extremities; foxing to endpapers, light spotting to edges. One of 1,000 copies on art paper from a total edition of 1050 copies. 1899. 

Both volumes from the library of London publisher Martin Secker, with his decorative bookplate on the front pastedowns. These two volumes collect together various book and other illustrations by Beardsley, including those from Le Morte Darthur, Salome, The Yellow Book and other works. A handsomely presented showcase of the iconic artist's work.

Martin Secker was a London publisher who was responsible for producing the work of a distinguished group of literary authors, including D. H. Lawrence, Thomas Mann, Norman Douglas, Henry James, Compton Mackenzie, and George Orwell.

Lot Amendments

Both volumes very good with some light wear to cloth, areas of foxing.

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