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Scott, Walter, Sir. The Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, ca. 1890.

Brown cloth blocked with gold and black.

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Arnold, Edwin. Japonica. New York: Charles Scribner’s  Sons, 1891.

Brown cloth blocked in gold, brown, green, beige, gray, and red on front, and gold, brown, green, and gray on spine.

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The Strand Magazine: An Illustrated Monthly. London: George Newnes, 1891.

Blue cloth blocked in black on front, and gold and black on the spine, with beveled boards.

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The Strand Magazine


The Pioneers of '49

Ball, Nicholas. The Pioneers of '49: A History of the Excursion of the Society of California Pioneers of New England, from Boston to the Leading Cities of the Golden State, April 10-May 17, 1890. Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1891.

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Oeser, Christian. Briefe an eine Jungfrau über die Hauptgegenstände der Aesthetik. Leipzig: F. Brandstetter, 1892.

Red cloth deeply embossed, blocked in gold, black, and blind on front, gold on spine, and in blind on back, with beveled boards.

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Briefe an eine Jungfrau über die Hauptgegenstände der Aesthetik


Le Morte d’Arthur

Malory, Thomas Sir. Le Morte d’Arthur. J. M. Dent, 1893-1894.

Tan linen blocked in gold on front, back, and spine. Cover design by Aubrey Beardsley.

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The Yellow Book: An Illustrated Quarterly. London: Elkin Mathews and John Lane, 1894-1900

Yellow cloth blocked in black on front, spine, and back. Cover designed by Aubrey Beardsley.

Volumes 1-4 were designed by Beardsley.

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The Yellow Book (1894)


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Tschantre, Gracia. Tin Tan Tales. London: Ernest Nister; New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, ca. 1895.

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Bain, John, Jr. Tobacco in Song and Story. New York: H. M. Caldwell Co., 1896.

Suede blocked in gold.

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Tobacco Leaves in Song and Story


Les Maîtres de l’Affiche

Les Maîtres de l’Affiche. 2 vols.  Paris: Imprimerie Chaix, 1896.

Blue cloth blocked in green, black, and beige on front, spine, and back, with beveled boards. One of the most famous publications of art of the Art Nouveau period, this series contains splendid lithographed posters by such artists as Toulouse-Lautrec, Mucha, and Will Bradley.

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Von Liliencron, Detlev. Kampf und Spiele. Berlin: Schufter & Loeffler, 1897.

Von Liliencron, Detlev. Nebel und Sonne. Berlin: Schufter & Loeffler, 1900.

Brown cloth blocked in gold, black, and green, and gold on spine. An excellent example of Jugendstil, the corresponding Art Nouveau movement in Germany. This particular design is based on the author’s name: Lilien = lily, Cron = crown. 

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Detlev Von Liliencron Vols.


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