London: H. Henry and Company, 1897. viii,253,pp. plus plates and pp. terminal catalogue. Small quarto. Pictorially decorated cherry red cloth. Frontis, decorated title (with title printed in slightly tarnished gilt), illustrations and plates. A bit of modest foxing early and late, otherwise a fine copy, in the very uncommon tissue-like printed dust jacket (with very shallow loss in a few places along the top edge and a few short closed tears). Folding cloth clamshell case. First edition of this characteristic '90s anthology, featuring a title-page decoration by Beardsley, binding and endsheet designs by Paul Woodroffe, illustrations by L. Housman, Beerbohm and many others, and text by Hobbes, L. Housman, Beerbohm, Pain, Burton, Le Gallienne, et al. The sole number of this serial anthology, an attempt by the editor and publisher of THE PAGEANT (1896-7) to capture a portion of the younger readership. Much less frequently seen than volumes of THE PAGEANT, uncommon in this condition (perhaps due to the youthful carelessness of its intended constituency), and very scarce in dust jacket. LASNER 111. ENGEN, p.93. COLBECK, p.1039. D'Arch Smith, LOVE IN EARNEST, p. 62. (Inventory #: WRCLIT75545)
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