BEARDSLEY (AUBREY) The Lyistrata of Aristophanes. Now First Wholly Translated into English and Illustrated with Eight Full-page Drawings by Aubrey Beardsley, FIRST EDITION, NUMBER 72 OF 100 COPIES, [Leonard Smithers], 1896
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BEARDSLEY (AUBREY)
The Lyistrata of Aristophanes. Now First Wholly Translated into English and Illustrated with Eight Full-page Drawings by Aubrey Beardsley, FIRST EDITION, NUMBER 72 OF 100 COPIES, [Leonard Smithers], 1896
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BOOKS AND LETTERS FROM THE LIBRARY OF ANTHONY POWELL
BEARDSLEY (AUBREY)
The Lyistrata of Aristophanes. Now First Wholly Translated into English and Illustrated with Eight Full-page Drawings by Aubrey Beardsley, FIRST EDITION, NUMBER 72 OF 100 COPIES, 8 full-page illustrations by Beardsley, manuscript colophon in purple ink, publisher's blue boards, printed label on upper cover, worn [Ray 318; Reade, Aubrey Beardsley, pp.360-361], folio (300 x 225mm.), [Leonard Smithers], 1896

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  • LIMITED TO ONLY 100 COPIES, Beardsley's drawings for Lysistrata were published surreptitiously by Leonard Smithers. Described by Beardsley as "in a way the best things I have ever done", Ray notes "there is no denying the graphic directness with which they realize Aristophanes's sexual satire".

    It was Anthony Powell's father who collected the Beardsley and related material, the author recollecting that "he had fin-de-siècle leanings. In one form these were expressed by delight in the drawings of Aubrey Beardsley, though this attraction for the Décadence was balanced by disapproval of much that it stood for... My mother did not at all share a taste for Beardsley... but would seek out Nineties books as presents for my father" (Powell, To Keep the Ball Rolling. The Memoirs... Infants of the Spring, 1976, pp.47-48).
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