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The Rape of the Lock. An Heroi-Comical Poem in Five Cantos... embroidered with Nine Drawings by Aubrey Beardsley.
Slim 4to. London: Leonard Smithers, 1896. Slim 4to, xiii, 47 pp. Tissue-guarded frontispiece, 6 full-page illustrations, 2 smaller illustrations. Original teal cloth with elaborate gilt design on front cover by Beardsley. Front cover very slightly rubbed, generally a remarkably good copy. Heraldic bookplate of E. Penton. First edition of this important work by Beardsley with some of his prettiest (and least controversial) illustrations enhancing Pope's famous poem about a haircut. Lasner 105. The Turn of a Century, no. 29: "never was a subject more suited to Beardsley's genius... the nine "embroidered" drawings are the epitome of Beardsley's brittle, tenuous neo-rococo style..." Printing and the Mind of Man, no. 162.
      [Bookseller: John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller]
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