Leipzig: Insel-Verlag, 1908. Beardsley, Aubrey. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 646 of 800 copies, quarto size, 55 pp., in German. Very Good. Item #14071705
"The Rape of the Lock" was first published anonymously in 1712, then revised and published under Pope's name in 1714. It is based on an actual incident (a suitor cutting off a lock of hair without permission) and satirizes the minor incident by comparing it to the epic world of the gods. Although the poem is humorous at times, Pope keeps a sense that beauty is fragile, and that the loss of a lock of hair touches Belinda deeply. As his introductory letter makes clear, women in that period were essentially supposed to be decorative rather than rational, and the loss of beauty was a serious matter. (All info from Wikipedia.)
Alexander Pope (1688-1744) was an 18th-century English poet and is the third-most quoted writer in the OED, best known for his satirical verse and for his translation of Homer.
Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898) is a well-known and beloved illustrator, working usually in black ink on white and showing a Japanese influence; his illustrations are known for their sense of the grotesque, decadent, and the erotic. He contributed greatly to the Art Nouveau movement and unfortunately died of an early age of tuberculosis.
___DESCRIPTION: Black paper boards with gold illustrations surrounded by a gold rule on the front, gold lettering on the spine, gold rule on the back, plain endpapers, nine black and white illustrations by Beardsley; printed on Dutch handmade paper, text in German, pagination [i-vi], , 2-43, , [i-v].
___CONDITION: Overall near fine, we are grading as very good only due to rubbing to the head and tail of the spine, and a gutter with a small crack at the afterword. The binding is strong and square, the hinges are solid, the corners are square, the gold on the boards and spine has only minor rubbing, the interior is clean and bright and entirely free of prior owner markings.
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