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Salome A Tragedy in one Act: translated from the French... Pictured by Aubrey Beardsley.
London: Elkin Matthews & John Lane, and Boston: Copeland & Day, 1894. 8vo, 66, [67, text; 68 imprint]pp. With a frontispiece, 9 plates and illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley, 16-page publisher's catalogue at end. Original blue cloth gilt stamped with device by Beardsley in gilt, virtually perfect. Ink signature of W. Irving Way Chicago 1894 on first free endpaper (see below). Enclosed in a blue quarter morocco slipcase since the day it was purchased. First English edition, limited to 500 copies translated by Lord Alfred Bruce Douglas to which the book is dedicated. Wilde's Salome was initially rehearsed in the summer of 1892 for a production at the Palace Theatre starring Sarah Bernhardt in the title role. However, owing to the representation of Biblical characters in the play, the Lord Chamberlain refused a license and the premiere was moved to Paris. Consequently, the play was first published in French in 1893, with this first English edition, augmented with several of Beardsley's most striking and iconic illustrations, appearing the year after the first French edition. The Beardsley plates are amongst his most famous illustrations. "Washington Irving Way (1853-1931) was born in Ontario, and completed a two-year college program before taking a job with a railroad. He worked for various railroad companies in Canada and the United States, ultimately becoming secretary to the president of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad. He developed an interest in books, and, after losing his job as secretary when the president retired, he went to Chicago and became a bookseller. He actively contributed reviews and articles on the book trade, and was co-founder of the Duodecimos and the Caxton Club. He formed the fine-press publishing house Way & Williams; inspired by Kelmscott Press, the company published several notable books during its brief existence." (Penn State Libraries) He was a livelong friend of Thomas Bird Mosher.
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