Binding for Oscar Wilde’s ‘Salome.’

Aubrey Beardsley.


Cloth binding with decorative blocking in gilt

12½ x 10 inches

Beardsley’s exuberant design asserts the Art Nouveau interest in organic forms animated by vital energy; barely related to the content of the text, its emphasis is on effect – catching the eye and inviting the reader to read on, whatever the pages may hold. [continued below]

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