Binding for H. T. Wharton’s ‘Sappho’
Cloth binding with decorative blocking in gilt
9 x 6¾ inche
A cover in Beardsley’s neo-classical style which seems to contradict his emphasis on exuberant overstatement in some of his other bindings. This austere composition achieves its effects using the opposite strategy – understatement. Elegant and refined, it is one of his final – and finest – pieces of book-art.
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Photograph and text by Simon Cooke
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