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Salome. A Tragedy in One Act
London / Boston: Elkins Mathews & John Lane / Copeland & Day, 1894. Small quarto. First English and first illustrated edition. From an edition of 125 copies on Japan vellum, this copy has been specially bound for the owner and contains three suppressed plates in addition to the ten black & white plates listed at the front of the book. The first, "John and Salome," was replaced in the final book with "The Black Cape." The other two plates are earlier versions of "Enter Herodias" and "Toilette of Salome," which were deemed too risqué for publication and were altered. Bound in gilt-decorated vellum with gilt rolls to the edges of the covers and blue marbled paper doublures and endpapers. Some faint scratches to the vellum on the rear cover, else an extremely fine copy With the engraved bookplate of Dr. Charles Carpenter printed on a bound-in sheet. Although Wilde commissioned Beardsley to illustrate his translation of Salome, he was shocked by the end result and felt that the images overpowered his text. Beardsley mocked Wilde in several of the illustrations, depicting him as the "Woman in the Moon," and as a jester in "Enter Herodias.
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