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BEARDSLEY, Aubrey (illus.) & Arthur Symons, (ed.)
The Savoy. An Illustrated Quarterly.
London: Leonard Smithers, January - December, 1896. London: Leonard Smithers, January - December,, 1896. Quarto, 8 issues in 3 volumes. Original violet cloth, elaborate gilt lettering and design after designs by Beardsley, second variant with "Leonard Smithers/and Co./1896" - "representing the change in the publisher's status in about 1897" (Lasner, p.63) - at the tails of the the spines, edges uncut. Profusely illustrated throughout by Beardsley, Whistler, Beerbohm, Shannon, Pennell, Rothenstein and Sickert. Beardsley Christmas card tipped in at the end of the first issue. Slightly rubbed, corners bumped, heads and tails of spines, crumpled and with some associated chipping, browning throughout, very good. First edition, the collected issue in cloth, issued on completion. Leonard Smithers created The Savoy as a rival to John Lane's Yellow Book, enlisting Aubrey Beardsley, just let go by Lane for his connections to the recently arrested Wilde, as art director. Smithers set out his intentions in an Editorial Note prefacing the first issue: "It is hope that The Savoy will be a periodical of an exclusively literary and artistic kind … Readers who look to a new periodical for only the very well-known or only the very obscure names must permit themselves to be disappointed. We have no objection to a celebrity who deserves to be celebrated or an unknown person who has not been seen often enough to be recognised in passing. All we seek from our contributors is good work, and good work is all we offer our readers. This we offer with some confidence … We have not invented a new … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]

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