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The Venture, An Annual of Art and Literature. Edited by Laurence Housman and W. Somerset Maugham. Two Volumes (All published).
John Baillie 1903 and 1905, London - First Editions, inscribed by the publisher, John Baillie, in the 1903 volume to French man of letters and editor at "Mercure de France" on the verso of the front free endpaper, "To M. _________ / from John Baillie / Jan. 1904." Complete in two volumes, 1903 and 1905. 4to; Vol. I 249pp. and Vol. II 188pp; + 6pp. ads including press for the 1903 VENTURE cited as 1904 VENTURE, ads for books by "Venture" contributors from other publishers, The Chelsea Art School run by Augustus John and William Orpen, "The Green Sheaf" gallery run by Pamela Colman Smith and Miss Fortescue and John Baillie's own "The Gallery." Vol. I with buff decorated paper over boards, linen spine, title in black on spine and front panel, green and white decorated endpapers of peacocks, corners bumped, edges rubbed, rear hinge split, book still sound. Vol. II in buff cloth stamped in red and black with image of pirate ship, pirate and damsel in distress signed "W.B." decorated endpapers printed in green, art nouveau stylized leaf and vine with bird, signed "h.n.", corners bumped, covers soiled, cloth bubbling in several places, bump across bottom two edges, a good+ set. The 1905 issue of THE VENTURE contains "Two Songs" by James Joyce (p. 92) preceding his first book, CHAMBER MUSIC, by two years and marking his first appearance in book form. Other authors included are Edmund Gosse, Alice Meynell, W. Somerset Maugham, Arthur Symons, T. Sturge Moore, G. K. Chesterton, Thomas Hardy, Havelock Ellis, Laurence Binyon, E. F. Benson. Artists included are Charles Ricketts, Lucien Pissarro, E. Gordon Craig, J. M. Whistler, Frank Brangwyn, Augustus John, Arthur Rackham. Slocum & Cahoon, B2. See an Image. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
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