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    [Aubrey Beardsley]. The Yellow Book. An Illustrated Quarterly. London: Elkin Mathews & John Lane, 1894-1897.

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    Complete set of thirteen small quarto volumes. Plates and cover designs by Aubrey Beardsley and others. Original yellow cloth covered boards with elaborate illustrations and designs in black. A variety of small black decorations on spines. Each volume with the ink stamp of "The Hearst Memorial Library" on the verso of its front free endpaper. Boards lightly rubbed, smudged and soiled, few boards slightly warped, minor cloth creases, corner bumps, spines darkened, bumps at head and foot of spine; small book dealer's holograph pencil not on front pastedown of Volume I, pages with occasional light creases. Nonetheless a lovely set in very good condition. [together with:] a duplicate copy of The Yellow Book Volume V April 1895, which has a few over-opened pages, as well as scratches and holograph ink owners' names on the front endpapers. [and:] Fraser Harrison, editor. The Yellow Book. An Anthology. London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1974. 308 pages. [and:] Cedric Ellsworth Smith, editor. The Yellow Book. A Selection. Hartford, Connecticut: Edwin Valentine Mitchell, 1928. 413 pages. [and:] Norman Denny, compiler. The Yellow Book. A Selection. London: Spring Books, [1949]. 372 pages followed by thirty-six illustrated plates at the back. [and:] Terence De Vere White, editor. A Leaf from the Yellow Book. The Correspondence of George Egerton. London: The Richards Press, 1958. 184 pages. In printed price clipped yellow dust jacket.

    "The aim of the Publishers and Editors of The Yellow Book is to depart as far as may be from the bad old traditions of periodical literature, and to provide an Illustrated Magazine which shall be beautiful as a piece of book-making, modern and distinguished in its letter-press and its pictures, and withal popular in the better sense of the word. Altogether, it is expected that The Yellow Book will prove the most interesting, unusual, and important publication of its kind that has ever been undertaken."

    - From the Elkin Mathews and John Lane prospectus, as reprinted in Margaret D. Stetz and Mark Samuels Lasner. The Yellow Book. A Centenary Exhibition. Cambridge: The Houghton Library, 1994.

    Aubrey Beardsley served as the art editor for the magazine's first two years and was one of its most influential contributors, his work setting the tone of this often bizarre publication. While featuring short stories, poetry, essays, and illustrations, The Yellow Book sought to break away from the presiding periodical traditions of its day. Its renovations included the promise to publish no serials, as they were deemed too "choppy", and to allow illustrations to be presented as discreet pieces of art, rather than being used only to accompany stories. Several of the literary and artistic contributors included Aubrey Beardsley, Max Beerbohm, George Gissing, Edmund Gosse, Kenneth Grahame, Henry James, Sir Frederick Leighton, Joseph Pennell, Walter Sickert, William Strang, Arthur Symonds, H.G. Wells, and W.B. Yeats.  

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