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SALOMÃ. Drame en un acte. Illustrations - Wilde Oscar - 1938. 
Paris and London: Printed for Members of the Limited Editions Club, 1938. 2 volumes. Each volume is one of 1500 numbered copies. The French version is signed by AndrÃ© Derain. The French version features 10 gouache drawings on black paper by Derain reproduced in pochoir; the English edition reproduces the illustrations of Aubrey Beardsley and includes the hermaphrodite plate. 4to, original black wrappers lettered and decorated in gray and pink, and original red cloth lettered and decorated like the first edition, respectively, in the original slipcase. 72; 106 pp. A very fine set, the books essentially as pristine, the slipcase also in nice condition and showing minimal age evidence. WITH BEARDSLEYâS DECORATIONS AND WITH THE HERMAPHRODITE TITLE PAGE. This was an early printing including the original version of the title page, which shows male genitalia on the hermaphrodite. Perhaps Beardsley's best work, SALOMÃ was the first book in which his grotesquerie was fully expressed. Ever controversial, Wildeâs play was banned in England before it even opened. The Lord Chamberlain thought the stage too lowly an art form to present a biblical subject. The play, written in French in 1892, was banned by the Censor while in rehearsal starring Sarah Bernhardt. This publishing of the work is an interesting approach to offering Wilde's play. Since it was originally written in French and published in Paris, it was decided to reproduce the French text as well as the English text. The French version was designed by RenÃ© ben Sussan and features the striking pictures of Derain. The English version reproduces Beardsley's well-known illustrations, and includes four that were excluded from the first edition.
[Bookseller: Buddenbrooks, Inc.]
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