An evil motherhood: an impressionist novel. Frontispiece by Aubrey Beardsley

London: Elkin Matthews, 1896. Hardcover. 99p., Beardsley's "Portrait of the Author" frontis with tissue guard, "Second Thousand" noted on verso of half-title page, prefatory note, ownership stamps on endpapers, head and tail of spine each split an inch and a half with light fraying and a crease; second printing in green cloth and faded gilt titles on cover (spine titling appears to have been printed in blind). The acidic tissue guard has offset onto Beardsley's fine image of a desolate youth slumped in chintz-covered armchair, mum behind. As is.

The first edition-second issue had an Art Deco font for the title and a spiderweb design on light blue cloth. There was a 12 copy first issue which was never sold and which had another Beardsley frontis titled "Black Coffee" which was originally created for "The Yellow Book" by another publisher. The frontis was replaced at the demand of the earlier publisher. Ruding was assumed to be a pseudonym for some time but has been discovered to be a young man who married just after the publication of the book and died soon after.

Cat.No: 183368

Price: $25.00